Lockdown has really tested my mental health. I say this as someone who has studied the science of wellbeing for the last ten years and possessing a tried and tested toolkit of resilience.
My routine of meditation, gratitude journaling and exercise has served me well. But the loss of day to day connections, the death of my mother ( with no wake or proper funeral ) and the fear generated through the pandemic have dented my reserves of wellbeing.
I have not been alone in this.
Friends who have never experienced anxiety have fallen victim to its grasp.
My son has had his university course disrupted and he has felt short changed. Not being able socialise and benefit from the full social university life.My father deep in grief after losing his partner of 62 years, has missed the comfort of visits from friends and family.
The short term effects of lockdown are clear to see with increased demand in support from mental health services etc.
Long term however is harder to judge , we know from studying the impact of trauma that sometimes it’s effects do not surface for years.
The impending recession, families bereaved and isolated.
Children who have missed important transitions and education. Those who are trapped in domestic violence,
poverty, dysfunctional relationships have all suffered.
Mental health services and provision were already overstretched before COVID-19. If we are to avoid a further disaster and crisis in Mental Health we need to invest in programmes which build resilience and inoculate individuals against difficult times.