• Lauren Hendrick

Mental Health Awareness Month During COVID-19 Pandemic


Around 450 million people all over the world suffer from a mental illness according to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). The ADAA also states, “…yet nearly two thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek treatment.”

May is Mental Health Awareness month, dedicated to reducing the stigma that surrounds having a mental illness. An article from The Washington Post called "The Coronavirus Pandemic is Pushing America into a Mental Health Crisis" addresses the increased number of mental health cases, and how “nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus is harming their mental health according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.”

The article also mentions the “federal emergency hotline for people in emotional distress registered a more than 1,000 percent increase in April compared to the same time last year.”

Mental Health Awareness Month is always important, but this year it holds a new meaning. The world is experiencing unprecedented times, leaving people feeling hopeless and anxious. This month should be prioritized with a determination to decrease the skyrocketing numbers.

Here are some symptoms and signs someone is having trouble with mental health:

  • Feeling upset/sad often

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Fatigue

  • Withdrawal from family and friends

  • Detachment

  • Withdrawal from activities that are usually enjoyed

  • Irritability

  • Alcohol or drug abuse

  • Changes in eating habits

  • Frequent mood changes

  • Excessive worrying

Here are some ways you can be there for a friend and/or family member who is having trouble with mental health:

  • Ask how they are doing

  • Check on them often

  • Offer support: How can I best support you right now?

  • Research mental health: Grasp a better understanding of what your friend and/or family member is going through

  • Research mental illness signs, and then watch for them

  • Be a friend – include them in plans

Here are some ways you can assist yourself if you are having trouble with mental health:

  • Talk to a professional

  • Talk to a friend and/or family member

  • Make sure you are getting a good amount of sleep

  • Exercise regularly

  • Practice healthy eating

  • Reduce caffeine intake

  • Journal

  • Spend time outside

  • Set realistic goals – such as “make my bed” – no victory is too small.

For the rest of the month, make it a goal to check-in with yourself and others. Mental health is and forever will be a priority.

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/04/mental-health-coronavirus/

https://adaa.org/mental-health-awareness-month

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/symptoms-causes/syc-20374968

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