By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor
In any crisis or disaster, anxiety is a natural response to a situation where there is no ready solution. COVID-19 is upon us, and many countries have dealt with the physical issues and infrastructure as a first response, as this government has remarkably done in the last few weeks, addressing the economic and social stressors of the coronavirus in an attempt to mitigate the impact on human life. Social distancing and quarantine have been encouraged to reduce its spread.
However, what is often negligibly attended to, are the mental and emotional fallouts on the population that inevitably occur due to this enforced isolation. Mindwise’s director, Maria O’Brien has stated that completed suicides and suicide ideation are on the increase so that solutions must focus on increasing coping resources and suicide prevention strategies both for communities and families, especially for those who are at risk or are already victims of the COVID-19 disaster.