COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health and Resources for Coping

COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us. It has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that during April to June of 2020, people experiencing symptoms of anxiety disorder was approximately three times what was reported for the same period in 2019. In the same study, it was found that people experiencing symptoms of depressive disorder was four times what was reported in 2019. Also, it has been found that mental health has most significantly affected the young adult population as well as Hispanic and African American people. Some common experiences include:

  • Worry
  • Fear 
  • Restlessness (antsy, fidgety, difficult to sit still) 
  • Sleep difficulties (trouble falling asleep, staying asleep)
  • Change in appetite (loss of appetite, increased appetite)
  • Difficulty concentrating (easily distracted, trouble focusing)
  • Physical aches and pains such as nausea, muscle tension, racing heart
  • Feeling down, depressed 
  • Sense of helplessness and/or hopelessness
  • Loss of motivation 
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Feeling bad about self, excessive guilt (low self-esteem)
 
Some helpful resources – 
 
World Health Organization’s (WHO) tips for coping for adults:
https://www.who.int/images/default-source/health-topics/coronavirus/risk-communications/general-public/stress/stress.jpg?sfvrsn=b8974505_14
 
WHO’s tips for coping for children:
https://www.who.int/images/default-source/health-topics/coronavirus/risk-communications/general-public/stress/children-stress.jpg?sfvrsn=343355fd_4
 
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings’ children’s story written to help children ages 6-11 with coping:
https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/2020-04/My%20Hero%20is%20You%2C%20Storybook%20for%20Children%20on%20COVID-19.pdf
 
Accompaniment to the children’s story to help guide discussion with children about COVID-19:
https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/2021-02/Actions%20for%20Heroes%20%28ENGLISH%29.pdf
 
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings’ toolkit for older adults coping with COVID-19:
https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/2021-03/Living%20with%20the%20Times%2C%20A%20Mental%20Health%20and%20Psychosocial%20Support%20Toolkit%20for%20Older%20Adults%20During%20the%20COVID-19%20Pandemic.pdf
 

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