The Well Being Trust has predicted “the pandemic could cause 75,000 “deaths of despair” from suicide or addiction.” We are in a mental state of emergency, as all races of color are protesting. The BIPOC communities seek out ways to find peace. The crisis hotline receives a high volume of calls from individuals wrestling with fear, loneliness, and grief. The emotional turmoil relates to present tension with COVID-19 and racial traumas. The effects of global pandemic affect the mind, body, and spirit. This dilemma highlights the need to improve the entire mental health system. Mental health matters, and some are fearful of speaking about it.
Global Pandemic Threat
Globally, we are facing new challenges, new cases of Covid-19, and systemic racism. Things are not going to be about back to business as usual. The time is now to take action on better quality mental health care system. What’s your action plan to prevent the outcome of a post-pandemic stress disorder?
Post -Pandemic Stress Disorder
Lives lost at the hands of police brutality and encountering excessive fatality rate from COVID-19 produced a global pandemic. If the mental challenges left untreated, there a slight chance that it will lead to post-pandemic stress disorder. The phrase “social distancing” caused many to feel socially isolated. It led them to experience loneliness, grief, anxiety, and questioning how to cope. They face challenges in adapting to new ways of social contact from a distance. The capability to connect online is excellent.“Our relationship with technology may be negatively affecting our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.”
Mental Health Champions End the Stigma
Calling out leaders and policymakers consider this an opportunity to start investing in people and their well-being. Let’s have a healthy economy, political stability, nourishing education systems that are dependent on the healthy minds and mental wealth of the individuals. Establish a research and recovery plans to have better treatment options for the various mental health conditions. This approach will strengthen mental health champions’ capabilities in treating mental health patients thoughtfully.
A New Reality
The excessive fatality rate from COVID-19 and police brutality leading death of Ahmuad Arbery, Bothan Shem Jean, and George Floyd left numerous people with grief, anxiety, social isolation, and past racial traumas. Mental health matters to all races experiencing the pain and anguish of uncertainty. Strategic planning for post-pandemic stress disorder is a new reality. It will be a challenge for some. An excellent opportunity for all in the journey for a ‘healthfuller world.’ Let’s decrease the prediction numbers in the “death of despair. Begin to foster a community where everyone can achieve their fullest potential.
Vote for Mental Health
Elected officials, world leaders, policymakers, collaborate in a more holistic and timely manner to battle the global pandemic and racial traumas. “Mental health advocates have an opportunity this year to help identify and elect more mental health champions into office who understand mental health issues and are committed to funding the services and supports that people with mental illness need to get better and stay better.”
Don’t be the silenced minority. Take action to address the concerns of mental health well being. Now is the time to create a culture full of health and wellness.
Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI.
Or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741
A statement from NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. “The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. “ Please read at your leisure.