“Understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health”
The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound mental health consequences for many people. Public health responses to COVID-19 balance direct efforts to control the disease and its impact on health systems, infected people, and their families with the impacts from associated mitigating interventions.
Such impacts include social isolation, school closure, health service disruption stemming from reconfiguring health systems, and diminished economic activity. The impacts of the pandemic on physical and mental health unfold differently over time and vary depending on the duration and fluctuating intensity of the disease. The pandemic poses a prolonged and unique challenge to public mental health, with major implications for suicide and suicide prevention; as such, the progression of the evolution of mental health impact from covid-19 has been raising alarms since the beginning.
Physical distancing and related measures, which have been at the forefront of the public health response, carry a strong risk of increasing isolation, particularly in vulnerable populations such as older people and people who have been bereaved. Physical distancing measures may also lead to increases in household stress levels, domestic violence, and alcohol misuse and affect the accessibility of mental health services. The stresses of lockdown may be worse in low- and middle-income countries where extended families tend to live together with limited housing space.
Firstly, it can be speculated that the ill effects on the psychological wellbeing due to the covid-19 pandemic might endure for years. Irrespective of any status, all of us are vulnerable to the stress that emanates from the sudden change of life routine into a claustrophobic mode of existence where we are forced to test our abilities on aspects of our own lives that we always did off with.
In this session, you will:
- Understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health
- Discuss how the pandemic leads to suicide
- Review the impact of prolonged exposure to stressors that lead to suicide
- Gain an understanding for further research
Lilliana Levada is an experienced clinician with over 35 years of clinical experience in perioperative nursing (instrument, circulatory, anaesthetic, PACU, educator, consultant and manager nursing roles), intensive care nursing, patient flow management, after-hours hospital management and patient safety management…Read More>>