By David Coy
During these difficult time of unrest, financial insecurity and fear for one’s health there is a consequence that was unforeseen at this onset that has not been publicly addressed to my knowledge. It was reported, whether true or not, that the shutdown of businesses was for the purpose of mitigating the virus. That was a colossal failure, but in its wake we are seeing a dramatic rise in mental health concerns among the human race. The evidence is abundant, and it is occurring all across the U.S. According to John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health as reported in JAMA says that the number of Americans who are struggling with mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression, has tripled. Research suggests it will get worse. Meanwhile, according to news18.com, four entertainment workers committed suicide in the last four to five months all due to rising debt and financial issues. Further, because of shutdowns of businesses, clients have not had access to counseling and therapeutic sessions. These are not isolated circumstances as we are seeing an uptake across the globe.
How should we as a public and how can we as human beings address this crisis in a caring, compassionate, manner? Realize that we, too, could have been born with any physical or mental uniqueness that would require challenges from us and our family members. Thus, we should treat others the way we ourselves would like to be treated. May I suggest one proper choice is to support one another in every way we are able. We as a community of people can accomplish much if we will unite together, even one person at a time. Believe that yourself and every person is of value and worth; then reach out to someone and help them if you can.
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