Hi Sleepy 21
Totally agree with you that the MH effects of lockdown are “staggering”.
I’m not trying to diminish anyone’s pain or trauma (I have experienced Covid anxiety myself and so has my daughter who was suicidal at times last year), but want to gently point out that there would be MH affects if we didn’t have lockdowns, too.
Every time we went out the door we would have to deal with the very real prospect of catching Covid. Every person infected with the Delta strain infects at least four others. The reproductive rate is significantly higher than with the original virus. For some people this risk from movement and living life would cause high anxiety.
If we did become infected, we may also have to carry pain for infecting the people we love the most and others for the rest of our lives. Look to the 2 Covid positive removalists from Sydney who just lost their mother to Covid. She was only 52 years old.
If you look to death rates in the UK, India, Brazil, USA, etc, it is entirely possible that we would lose someone we love, again pain, loss and grief.
Children and teens would have to live with anxiety that they could lose a parent or grandparents. And they very well may lose someone they love.
We or someone we love may be denied a necessary surgery or cancer treatment because we can’t get access to our hospitals. That would have a huge impact on our MH.
Our nurses and doctors and others at the front line would face disproportionate risk of illness daily. We would be putting every vulnerable Australian at high risk of serious of illness or death. I think we all might know someone with diabetes, or who is over weight or who is being treated for cancer and is immunocompromised for one reason or another.
What is the MH impact on us for not caring for others who are vulnerable ?
I could write more but you get the idea. I think the reality is that this pandemic is staggeringly bad for our MH.
Kind thoughts to all