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Mental health, COVID-19, and education

Written by: Kevin Quimatzoyaro

From: Brasília, Brazil

Edited by: Luana Mayer

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about several new challenges ranging from grown adults to teens and children. Some of these challenges came from social isolation to other impediments to what was once known as normal life. It has been reported (by parents) an incline in the increase of mental/ emotional stress of their children due to the lack of contact caused by social distancing. For others who already suffered from conditions of mental health, they have seen worsening side effects depending on their pre-existing conditions. Individuals are now developing troublesome behaviors due to the new circumstances: “Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear, are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones. Many may be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety,” according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

At the beginning of the pandemic, about 40% of adults reported either case of symptoms of anxiety or depression. Alarming other side effects should be taken into notice, such as job loss, increased substance abuse, higher levels of low self-esteem, etc. According to a KFF Health Tracking Poll from July 2020: it found that "many adults are reporting specific negative impacts on their mental health and well-being, such as difficulty sleeping (36%) or eating (32%), increases in alcohol consumption or substance use (12%), and worsening chronic conditions (12%), due to worry and stress over the coronavirus”. From mental health to job loss and income insecurity, there have been cruel yet plaguing side effects of the new pandemic. Sadly enough the groups that are being more highly affected are young adults and vulnerable individuals that suffered from pre-existing disorders.

Although several individuals are down, as long as they are alive, they can actively strive to make a positive change in their lives, and as long as they have willpower, those individuals will be able to overcome the challenges by adapting to the new normal. Concluding, hope should never be given up.

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