The global pandemic has been a worrying time for us all. The uncertainty and danger encompassing us in our everyday lives have taken its toll on the majority, and minding our mental health is as, if not more, important than ever before.
Covid-19 has affected all aspects of our lives and between the constant case figures, escalating restrictions and general doom and gloom, the pandemic can feel never-ending. Not only is it impacting our physical health but it is taking its toll on some people's mental health too.
As if the threat of a new virus wasn’t scary enough, many people are also facing stressful life challenges. Lots of people who were working in pubs and restaurants or who are self-employed have lost jobs or had their incomes cut.
For those fortunate to have continued in their jobs, the working week looks very different. The novelty of working from home for many has slowly evaporated. Zoom calls and group chats plugged a gap for a while, but now people yearn for the casual ‘watercooler’ chitter-chatter that they once did their earnest to avoid.
Social distancing and self-isolating mean avoiding seeing friends and family and many people are worried about vulnerable loved ones.
Staying at home, social distancing and self-isolating are crucial in stopping the spread of Covid-19, but they can have knock-on effects for us psychologically. So, what can we do to support our mental well-being during this time?
In this week’s edition, our 12-page Minding Your Mental Health supplement features a closer look at how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the Irish public.
From how the pandemic has affected the mental health of older people, to how sport can improve and enhance your mental health, there’s something to resonate with all the family.
We also look at how the transition from second to third level education impacts mental health in young people, dealing with grief during a pandemic, and the role of the Men’s Sheds in tackling mental health issues among men. Whether you’re looking to support a friend, family member or colleague, or simply struggling yourself, have a read through this helpful supplement, and make the first move to tackle your mental health.