COVID-19 Lockdown: Can Mental Health Advocates Achieve Lighter Restrictions?

Shirley Amy
April 26, 2020

Humans are not used to isolation, and being imprisoned in our homes for a long period of time is a whole new world, especially for those who do not have access to a yard or balcony. In the UK, for example, Members of Parliament (MP’s) from both sides of the house have been taking action to persuade the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, to take measures to boost mental health support, but could this involve loosening restrictions?

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Just as in the US and elsewhere, the lock down measures in Britain have left many people totally isolated, There is anxiety about the pandemic in addition to the stress of the health of loved ones and the impact of the crisis on the economy and people’s livelihood. But at the present time, health advocates are having difficulty achieving lighter restrictions everywhere.

Internment could continue for quite some time, in various states across the US, and in many other countries. One one hand, some say it is doing a lot of good by ‘flattening the curve’. However, there is a downside to being isolated for so long. Serious mental health issues could ensue from these restrictions. It is not healthy, mentally or physically, to be coupled up for long periods of time. In addition to being isolated, many people are experiencing woes of unemployment and simply not having enough money to sustain their lifestyles. This has left many people feeling overwhelmed with life.

We are all praying for a quick end to this global plague, whether it be from herd immunity, hot weather, exiting pharmaceuticals, or a vaccine. However, in the meantime, we need to keep our mental health, and that of our families in check. But can governments do more? On this note, after over 40 MP’s and peers made an appeal to the the UK Health Secretary, a public health campaign was launched to send much needed funds to mental health charities.

Long-Term Damage

“Campaigners have echoed concerns about the potential for long-term damage from the coronavirus crisis to people’s mental health.” Further, the Mental Health Foundation’s chief executive, Mark Rowland, noted: “Supporting and protecting people’s mental health will be critical for people to endure and recover from this pandemic.”

Young People

Young Minds’ Chief Executive, Emma Thomas, remarked: “The coronavirus pandemic is a human tragedy that will continue to alter the lives of everyone in our society, and will have a significant impact on the mental health of young people.” And while supporting the government’s lockdown measures, Madders urged people to understand how this drastic measure has transformed the lives of youngsters.

He also noted that as the restrictions take hold, more youth are bound to suffer. And to that end, the governments need to “prepare for many more young people, who previously might not have needed mental health support, to do so in the future.”

Shirley Amy

Shirley Amy is a Holistic Health Specialist and professional writer who's published 4 books. Her  interests include optimum wellness, mental health, fitness, and positive lifestyle change. She holds University and College qualifications in the fields of Health Science, Nutrition, Mental Health, Fitness, Holistic Therapy and Aromatherapy.

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