The second wave: global mental health crisis
The consequences on global mental health due to COVID-19 will be significant and cause long-term impact on the global burden of disease. The pictures of over-crowded emergency rooms, lockdowns, enforced quarantines, financial uncertainties, job losses, families apart / or together too long, decision-making on multiple levels under stress, the rise in xenophobia, and the uncertainty of the future regarding school and university reopening, have all put a strain on us. It’s half a year people around the world live under chronic stress and uncertainty. We are all not immune to the mental health effect of the pandemic and it’s important to act as researchers and public health professionals. As individuals seek support, it’s normal to feel vulnerable right now.
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