The next pandemic will be in mental health
Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Important Disclaimers: I am not a medical or mental clinically trained professional, if someone is in danger of hurting themselves and/or others, please contact emergency services, immediately.
Okay, back up to a few days before Valentine’s Day 2020.
My boyfriend comes home from work where he works for a global shipping company, and asks me “Guess what we’re getting slammed with in packages???”…
I reply back “Guns”.
He’s like “how did you know???”…
Because by then, that Wuhan based physician who tried to warn us about the virus had already passed away.
Because while I’m not a clinically trained medical or mental health professional nor do I have any form of education in public safety, that in an uncertain time, that has become even more uncertain and scary to so many in the last 6 weeks , a gun would give stable people, possibly a feeling of some control, in a constructive way to protect their people and their possessions.
It would give those who were less stable, a tool to feel more in control in what was looking to possibly be to them, more uncertainty than they could bear.
You see now those who are reporting the news are in the news because of COVID-19.
We’ve seen famous, wealthy, noteworthy and/or health people succumb to the damage the virus causes, as well as the first responders and frontline health workers become infected, some passing away, but everyday fighting to save other people’s lives, in circumstances most of us could’ve NEVER seen coming unless one is Bill Gates or was the genius that was Dr. Stephen Hawking.
We’ve seen people licking toilets or coughing in public saying they have COVID-19 whether they do or not.
We’ve seen people who know they have COVID-19 or suspect it and not warn others, not social distance for what would be reasonable reason normally, such as having a loved one in the hospital and wanting to be there for them or unreasonable and unconscionable reasons to spread the virus.
Law Enforcement has seen an increase in domestic violence calls.
You have people who can’t seek acute care either without risk or even in epicenter like NYC now (and for some time) patients dying in unprecedented circumstances and their loved ones and medical professionals responses and their own suffering and knowing that here in the U.S., the feeling of being in crisis will have it’s effect on people.
I’ve been very blessed that everyone I love the most so far, is okay.
And today was supposed to be for my own mental health, a day where I took a break from watching the news but even the little I’m online or offline, as I got out today which is rare but was needed as I had prescriptions and food to get, there’s a reminder everywhere of the challenges COVID-19 has presented.
As others have said, we can’t just look for the helpers, like Mr. Rogers was famous for comforting us, we have to be the helpers, if we can.
And if one can’t help, at least be careful as they are capable of, to not to do any further harm to one another.
I can’t stress how important though it can help, that if you can just positively help someone is that you do so when you can.
Sometimes doing that is just reminding one another that we care and you see many initiatives online and off, that is doing this.
Sometimes, though it’s more sad and scary, but necessary to say at times, that people have to be just as vigilant about their mental fitness and agility, as some are with their physical health and fitness and realize some aren’t in control of either and/or the risks they present to others and be prepared for that and the unexpected in people and in patients that may have been physically and mentally fit in the past.
As sometimes medical crisis can cause mental health ones and I would know about that, almost better than anyone, unfortunately.
As much as we can try to convey and we can’t stop, that we’re in this together, there are so many factors here that will provide mental health challenges and crisis, that while may not rival the medical crisis we’re in, that we still have to personally and as a community, professional or not, have to actively and constructively prepare for, both in ourselves and with others and we’re going to have to do this in a manner that’s consistently, comprehensively and with patience and vigilance going forward as we all adjust and evolve because of the devastation and challenge that COVID-19 has now presented to everyone globally.
Kindness and patience with ourselves and with one another, while has always been important, is going to be of utmost importance, now, as we try hard to move forward.