LET’S PREVENT THE NEXT PANDEMIC; MENTAL HEALTH TRE

LET’S PREVENT THE NEXT PANDEMIC; MENTAL HEALTH TREPIDATIONS

The pandemic has caused anxiety among many of us and triggered or magnified serious mental-health complications in the society. Psychologists are overly concerned that these may keep on increasing in the longer term.

The significance of nurturing mental health post COVID-19 cannot be stressed enough. The emotional damage of lockdown regulations and isolation strike people with pre-existing conditions the hardest. They are at particularly high risk as their symptoms get severer.  

We are accustomed to daily routines and unexpected changes or constraints to those causes heightened insecurity financially, emotionally, and personally. Due to the impact of coronavirus being away from family members and gatherings, restricted socializing with friends and engaging in enjoyable activities.

It also adds up due to sudden and dramatic changes in the regular work environment (e.g., working-from-home) which can affect the make the mental health status without being noticed.

Mental health concerns also have critical consequences when it starts to affect the loved ones and the society. We have seen an increase in domestic violence and alcoholism/ substance abuse on a local and global scale and intensified with physical harm as a result of prolonged isolation and lockdown.

Australia has many organisations, government and non-profit, that manage mental health and wellbeing programs.

However, we require further accessible measures, such as arranging large-scale and nation-wide appointment scheduling, therapy sessions for all patients, additional mental-health reviews of healthcare professional and other related supporters and managing medication logistics.  It is also important to create awareness via educational programs about mental health issues and how to identify their symptoms before they become unmanageable.

By Dr. Govind Kotha | Family First General Practice | Franklin, ACT