27 August 2020
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 pandemic could put more people at risk of mental health conditions such as depression. During these challenging times when people are isolated and away from their friends and loved ones, it’s expected that some may feel sad or anxious, and are struggling to cope with the new circumstances they find themselves in. Braais with friends have been cancelled, a regular scheduled family dinner has been placed on hold, and drinks with the guys or girls at the local coffee shop has gone virtual. This loss of freedom and the social-distancing rules have the potential to send some spiralling into depression.
So what do you do if a loved one’s behaviour has started to concern you? Most people aren’t comfortable sharing when they’re struggling with their mental health, but you can explore the following in order to show them you’re available and there to offer support.
While you may not want to break your loved one’s trust (and shouldn’t, if you can help it), there are certain cases where you should ask for support from a mental health professional. These include:
This article is published courtesy of CareWays.