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Corona virus and mental health

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happyandsingle Fri 20-Mar-20 21:02:13

With all this self isolation shops closing,social activities shut I am really concerned with the mental health impact this will cause in society.
I can see a rise in depression and anxiety but what help if any has been put in place for these people affected.
Not everyone has family to help and for people already isolated this will be the final straw.
AIBU to think nothing has really been put in place for these people.
All meet ups from MIND cancelled where is the help for the already vulnerable in society.
Right now all I see is a dog eat dog society already displayed by the selfish stockpiling of food. Very sad realisation that if your alone your very much alone.

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Mamatutu1114 Fri 20-Mar-20 21:09:15

I agree. This feels like an unprecedented pressure on the mental health of everyone, especially parents. We have to try to pretend to our kids that everything is going to be fine. No-one seems to be talking about this so I'm glad you brought it up. Yes, where are the resources for mental health?

BodiesMakeForGoodFertiliser Fri 20-Mar-20 21:11:35

The thing is. What would you want to provide in a quarantine when people are supposed to isolate? It's very hard and complicated situation

happyandsingle Fri 20-Mar-20 21:16:59

But whilst your on one hand trying to stop people dying of the virus on the other you might be increasing the number of suicides. That may sound dramatic but I really believe it could lead to this.

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nothingcanhurtmewithmyeyesshut Fri 20-Mar-20 21:20:51

I think there is a balance to be struck between isolation and normality. Most private therapists/counsellors will make an individual decision for each patient but the NHS are already at breaking point and MIND are having to decide on a policy for everyone. It's not good enough, I agree but I can't think of a solution that would take everyone's safety into account.

wanderings Fri 20-Mar-20 21:36:33

I agree. There's going to be a huge rise in obesity, depression, and probably suicide. These, and the economic carnage, are going to be far more damaging than the virus itself.

Incrediblytired Fri 20-Mar-20 21:46:00

I think you’re right. I work in mental health and I can see suicide going up. It’s really hard that loads of group work has been cancelled and fear and anxiety are escalating. But...mental health services are still focussed on supporting people, giving them time, working out coping strategies and responding to crisis. It’s just going to he phenomenally tough for everyone.

happyandsingle Fri 20-Mar-20 21:56:02

Maybe this should be a wake up call to people. If you know someone is on their own or vulnerable a text or phone call to check their ok can make all the difference. It will make them feel that someone is looking out for them.

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Gingaaarghpussy Fri 20-Mar-20 22:26:49

My anxiety has ramped up because of the virus. Mainly because of the panic buyers but also because the way things are usually done has changed.
I had to queue up at my local chemist to get my antidepressants.
I'm terrified that I wont be able to get what I need to eat when I want it.
Both my landlord and my son have texted me, so I'm not totally alone, but it doesn't help the affects of changing the normal.
I have no problem with self isolating because I'm agoraphobic, but asking for the help i need is so hard.

lljkk Fri 20-Mar-20 22:36:42

DH is predicting a spike in suicides & domestic violence. sad

BitchHazel Fri 20-Mar-20 22:42:21

My mental health is a mess and I'm not even isolated. The pressure at work has sky rocketed in the space of a few days and people have become relentlessy impatient, selfish and abusive towards myself and my colleagues.

Usually someone being a bit of an arse is water off a duck's back to me but this is on another level and it's relentless and exhausting - more so than the extra work itself. Combine that with twelve hour shifts and no break, worries about family members in poor health and no support from my mental health team accessable, its awful.

I can't imagine how much worse is must be for those facing redundancy and completely being cut off from other people. It's scary.

Cherryapplekiwi Fri 20-Mar-20 23:00:37

It's without a doubt going to affect our mental health. I'm actually really concerned about the impact this is having on children. people on here say get a grip they are only off school for a while it's not like they've died. The reality is you can see it in the kids already. I went to pick my little girl up today and her best friend burst into tears in the street. They are only five. Her friend was crying because he was worried that his friend was going to disappear as well as the fact he had been told that they were going home for a long time. We were around the house for tea and he cheered up fairly quickly. that's just one child, many others will also be struggling and trying to process this big change in their lives. also a couple of year sixes have cried in the playground today because they might not ever come back to primary school, it's horrendous.yes they will get over this but at the moment it's raw for them all.

As for adults, it's a massive worry for us because we've got to try and be upbeat and positive, when we're also being taken away from our lives outside of these four walls. Most of my anxiety is for my daughter really and and I am upset that she's missed half a year of school if we don't go back this year. I am worried she won't love year one as much as she is loving reception, and I am worried that she's going to struggle when she does go back because of this. I also think it's really really sad that she doesn't really know that she may never see her lovely teacher again. She fully expects her teacher to be there waiting when she goes back and she will expect to start where they left.

It's a scary old world now and it's going to take ages to pick up from all this. But I do expect more suicides, more depression, more anxiety and more stress in both adults and young people. I also expect young children to be anxious, confused and lonely.

BodiesMakeForGoodFertiliser Fri 20-Mar-20 23:15:40

For people with young children, has anyone considered skype playdates? You can also have skype dinners for adults etc.

I am an immigrant. I moved here by myself and my EVERYTHING was abroad. I had skype dinners with my family, drinking evenings with my mates, just had them on and went about cleaning and doing stuff, but I heard them and occasionally joined in the conversation. All that until I made my base here. We still occasionally skype meet up with few friends for few glasses bottles .

Modern technology can provide amazing things and solutions.

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