Locked in and shut out from the world, only TV channels for company, and the same four walls to remind us that this is 2020. The tiresome efforts to drag ourselves out of bed to repeat the say day over and over, to look out of the window and hope so hard for the return of normality. The phrase Covid-19 only brings about words of sadness, despair and anger. Anger at the audacity of the virus to swoop in and turn our lives upside down and what felt like our minds with it. Anxiety, depression and deep waves of sadness caused by the sudden loss of loved ones, jobs, lack of seeing friends and families and a multitude of personal factors felt like salt in wounds. Facetime became the glue that held nations together, chirping us up for a few hours of the day seeing the people that make us feel happy and hopeful. But the toll on mental health cannot be denied. 

The Commonwealth Fund looked at the widespread impact of Covid-19 on mental health, which was turned into an infographic by Statista. Research delved into the share of adults who experienced stress, anxiety or sadness that was difficult to cope with alone during the pandemic. Below are the results from several countries:

 

 

Over a third of Americans admitted their mental health had been greatly affected by the pandemic, 26% of both Canada and the UK also stated that they struggled with stress, anxiety or sadness, followed by 24% of France. Norway recorded the lowest struggle with mental health throughout the pandemic at just 10%.

 

Other Countries on the list:

Australia: 23%

New Zealand: 23% 

Sweden: 18%

Netherlands: 14%

 

Your mental health and wellness comes first. Make sure you take time out to breathe, clear your mind and talk to someone. Surround yourself with people who make you happy and support you. If you feel you can’t speak with your loved ones, seek professional help – don’t struggle on your own, professionals can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel ,and it’s a beautiful light! 

 

Let us know your thoughts on this week’s blog and tell us how you’ve tried to stay positive throughout the pandemic at marketing@hglmedical.com

 

For further information regarding who to contact for help, advice and support for mental wellbeing please see below:

 

MIND: Infoline: 0300 123 3393

 

Samaritans: Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website

 

CALM: Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight), OR, Free, anonymous webchat with trained staff

 

NHS (for urgent, non-emergency medical advice): NHS 111 advice online. People with hearing problems can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) service.

 

If it is a life threatening emergency please dial the emergency services on 999 and ask for an ambulance