We write this during the times of the coronavirus where in the UK the death rate is high. The infection rate is quite high. We hope to learn a lot from the UK. The NHS has produced this 405-page long report and you can read it here.
Although the report was written in 2014 some of the statistics and factors are relevant to today.
Now the UK is known for its poor diet of fatty foods and puddings. But they have their fair share of problems such as disabilities which are mental and psychological. One of the factors listed in the report was changes to the economy in 2007. Again the rest of the world is going through a recession due to the global pandemic. And now we have another one: Coronavirus. Mental illness has increased in women and stayed stable in men. Young women are more likely to have mental health problems.
The unemployed, people who have a disability or care for someone that does are the worst affected. People on the Autism spectrum, Attention deficit disorder are some of the higher people affected mentally and they would be during the pandemic due to the fact that carers wouldn’t be allowed to come to their house (that’s if you are under Stage four).
Suicidal is one of the main mental health factors in this pandemic. This problem affects people that live alone or are unemployed. Most of the people that tried to self-harm were women in their mid to late forties. What we mean by self-harm is: cutting yourself, burn yourself, swallow something you shouldn’t, or another way to self-harm. About 50% of people tried to self-harm and then they got help from their GP.
Now that the virus has hit.
We need to better look after those that are more vulnerable such as the elderly and those that are without work. We need to be able to provide some safe and suitable employment for all ages. Employers should not discriminate based on age, race, or disability. People with a stable job are those that are happiest.
This is also a good time to think about health coaching. Health coaches are able to teach people about stress management and you might just learn a thing or two from this experience.
We all need to look out for each other. If you see someone in distress do try and reach out to them. They might thank you one day for saving their life. Don’t be afraid to call Lifeline if you cannot help them yourself.
Most businesses are upskilling on mental health to help everyone cope with the aftermath of the pandemic.