No one delivers casseroles to people with mental health conditions. What does that mean, you ask? When someone undergoes surgery for a cyst, tumor, or other medical procedure, it isn’t unusual for a good-hearted neighbor to drop by with a casserole or other hot dish so the recovering person can focus on getting better instead of cooking.
That’s great! But what about someone with a mental health diagnosis? Does anyone bring them meals when they are mentally depressed? Having panic attacks? Maybe, but probably not. I readily admit the COVID-19 pandemic has had untold physical health problems stemming from infection for a LOT of Americans. I get the social distancing and stay at home orders to keep the virus from spreading.
But what about the mental and psychological pitfalls of asking people to remain cooped up in their homes for such extended periods of time? Isn’t that “health” also?
In the cover story of the May 2020 Employee Assistance Report (EAR), Sierra Tucson CEO Jaime Vinck points out that extended periods of isolation is a key contributor to depression and suicide. Throw in someone who already suffers from alcohol abuse and you have a “perfect storm” of mental health problems.
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