Mental Health in Quarantine

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Kayla Smith

A family that is social distancing while finding a way to spread hope. This photo was inspired by photographer Stephen Lovekins.

Kayla Smith, Writer

During the first week of online schooling, my newspaper class was given the assignment to read one out of two articles regarding social distancing. I chose to read the first article, ‘Wondering About Social Distancing?’, which discussed the basic information that people need to know about social distancing and keeping each other safe. I felt that the article was insightful, in that it answered questions people most definitely have asked.

One thing I feel that is super important about that article other than social distancing is keeping in contact with people over social media and technology. Mental health during this time is going to be very important, especially for those who are very social, and those who struggle from mental health daily. It will be difficult for people to cope and for people to talk to professionals when they really need help. It reminds me of a conversation I had with mom not that long ago. We were talking about people who normally would do everything they can to keep away from home because of situations and circumstances that are potentially harmful. However, because of quarantine, these people are made to stay home, a place they readily try to avoid. Those are the people we should do our best to reach out to. These are the people who are going to suffer the most mentally. People with little to no family, elderly that live on their own, people in domestic violent/ abuse households, people with anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders, are the people we need to try our best to look out for while maintaining social distancing. People that suffer from substance and alcohol dependence and/or abuse will only struggle more because of this. It terrifies me to know that domestic violence cases have increased, along with substance abuse due to this pandemic but we have to do what we can to watch over people in our communities while keeping ourselves and others safe.

Link to article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/16/smarter-living/coronavirus-social-distancing.html