Addressing Our Mental Health In Times of Covid-19
The spread of Covid-19 virus on a global scale has turned the world upside down. The world that we know has now been painted in a rather different colour. As everyone around the world is trying their best to adapt to the new normal, some might find it more difficult to cope with these abrupt changes while battling with the virus on the side. It is not just our physical health that is in jeopardy amidst this global chaos, the uncertainty and dark prospect of the future might affect some of us so severely to the point that it hurts our well-being and mental health.
Adapting to the new normal
It is funny really, how our lives have changed so much in the past months. It is hard to imagine whether the life that we once lead prior to Covid-19 is still attainable or it is slowly turned into a thing of the past.
For those working from home, the new mode of working might come as a surprise and therefore, significantly affecting their productivity. With school and university closure, children and students have to adapt to online learning. Some may turn restless of staying indoors with no much room to play and meet their friends. For the unlucky few, the lockdown and restricted movement order imposed by the government have brought more episodes of domestic abuse, especially among children and women.
Need for more mental health services
Despite the insurgence of people suffering from mental health, many countries are still behind in compensating the pressing needs for ample mental health services and facilities. A survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that 93% of countries across the globe are facing disrupted or halted mental health services due to Covid-19 pandemic.
This statistic came with no surprise as some countries had to resort to utilizing their mental care facilities to cater to the increasing numbers of positive Covid-19 patients. On the other hand, many mental health professionals were also reported to be infected by the virus and thus, decreasing further the already scarce numbers of mental health service providers.
Reaching out to digital alternatives
With the new wave of the pandemic has enforced for another lockdown, the increasing demand for mental health facilities and providers is inevitable. Isolation, loss of income or fear of losing one, loss of loved ones, routine change and limited movement may trigger mental health conditions or worsening the existing symptoms. Nonetheless, the more pressing question is what can we do about it?
Although 70% of the countries surveyed by WHO have utilizing telemedicine and teletherapy as replacements for disrupted in-person services, high-income countries are reported to adopt more of these alternatives compared to low-income ones.
Alternatively, there are non-government service providers such as ImamConnect that help you to get in touch with a mental health professional and therapist. At ImamConnect, mental health professional service providers are available. The filter features in the Search for Service Providers enables you to narrow down your choices. You can read up on their profiles before choosing one that resonates more with you.
Suggested services to look up on ImamConnect to help you get through this period:
- Mental Health Professional
- Health Education
- Online yoga
- Psychological Trauma
- Online coach
- Relationship coach
- Bodytalk practitioner
We are facing one of the most challenging episodes of our lives of a global scale – one that is affecting many lives in multifaceted ways a global. It is vital to seek support and professional advice whenever you feel unable to cope. For those who had been developing symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or any mental health issue, seek help – preferably one that offers digital alternatives.
ImamConnect is currently offering a 10% discount to services related to mental well-being. The discount counts if the booking is placed before 1 December 2020 albeit the service gets delivered after the deadline.
Do start a conversation today with a service provider and explain your specific needs. Click here to browse profiles of service providers who offer services related to mental-well being.