Lockdown may help to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19, but it sure is posing a problem for mental health. Whether it be health workers fighting on the frontline, teenagers suffering from social isolation or adults coping with financial strain and uncertainty, it is important to recognise the far-reaching effects of the pandemic.
When treating individuals with depression and anxiety, we often talk about reaching out to friends and family for support. During lockdown, this can feel impossible – particularly when restrictions prohibit social gatherings and public venues are closed. These are unprecedented times and it is essential to remember you are not alone. The government has announced extra support for mental health and there are numerous services offering Telehealth and phone appointments. In the meantime, talk to each other. Despite our isolation, we have the technological means to communicate in other ways and it is vital that we do so.
And if you need to talk to someone, Lifeline is available 24 hours a day on 131 114.