As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly sweeps across the world, it is inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular, such as older adults, care providers and people with underlying health conditions.
In public mental health terms, the main psychological impact to date is elevated rates of stress or anxiety. But as new measures and impacts are introduced – especially quarantine and its effects on many people’s usual activities, routines or livelihoods – levels of loneliness, depression, harmful alcohol and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behavior have risen.
In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems. Like other pandemics in the past, COVID-19 has brought far-reaching changes in the family and other social relationships and the young people have been affected the most.
Its because of this challenge that COVID 19 has brought that is heightened mental health challenges that Stowelink with NCDS Champions has set out to get young people to talk about their mental health experiences in a bid to educate young other young people and to spread health messages on how to beat depression.
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