The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Mental Health

man in coronavirus quarantine

We read the headlines every day about the impact of the coronavirus on the economy, and what progress is being made to control the virus and develop a vaccine, but in the midst of all of this, we have another battle to face; the impact of the pandemic on mental health.

Life as we know it has been disrupted or for some people, it has changed beyond recognition. Some of us will have lost people, lived in fear of getting the virus ourselves, faced financial difficulty, had to juggle working from home with home schooling children, and felt the effects of acute stress and isolation. This is a perfect storm that will result in many people suffering from mental ill health if not now, at some point in the near future.

Surveys of 3000 people in the UK recently cited in The Lancet found that the majority of people had suffered from anxiety, felt isolated, feared for their mental health, and worried about whether they would be able to access care if they needed it during the pandemic. Experts fear that here will be a spike in people suffering from anxiety and depression as a result, as well as a rise in drug and alcohol addiction.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health

  • Some people who have never suffered from mental illness may become unwell due to the impact of stress, isolation, grief, and worries about health and loss of income. This is without the anxiety they’ll have around returning to work and navigating the ‘new normal’ way of life.
  • People with existing mental illnesses like PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, and psychosis might find that their symptoms get worse because of the added stress of this situation and because their usual sources of support might not be available right now.
  • Many frontline NHS and care staff may end up suffering from mental ill health. While it’s true that many of them deal with traumatic situations on a daily basis, most have probably never dealt with anything on this scale.
  • There is the potential for an increase in the suicide rate because of the isolation, fear, and anxiety caused by the pandemic. For people who were already struggling before the lockdown, being cut off from their usual sources of support or being unable to do the activities that help them cope with difficult feelings will have been incredibly detrimental.

The impact of the pandemic on children

Let’s not forget too, that this pandemic will have had an impact on children. Not going to school might have seemed like a novelty at first, but after months of not being able to see their friends, do their usual activities, or hug their grandparents, many children will be struggling. Don’t be surprised if your child develops anxiety or behavioural issues as a result.

But it’s not all bad news…

Charities and mental health organisations have made a gargantuan effort to continue to support people who need it during this difficult time, and the demand for their help, and the demand for mental health services is only going to increase in the coming months.

But we don’t need to rely completely on them. We can be mental health advocates for ourselves, our children, our colleagues, and our family and friends.

If we learn to spot the signs that someone is struggling and we know how to help and reassure them, we can get them the support they need much quicker so that it doesn’t become a far more serious problem.

Introducing our Adult and Youth Mental Health Online Courses

mental health training course materials

Obviously face to face training is not feasible for the foreseeable future, but here at Traincon Learning, we know that there’s going to be such a need for mental health awareness training in private and public sector organisations and schools, colleges, and universities in the coming months and beyond. That’s why we are so pleased to announce that four of our mental health training courses are moving online.

Our Adult Mental Health Awareness (4 hours) and Youth Mental Health Awareness (3 hours) are introductory courses designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health. The courses aren’t intended to replace the standard two-day course, but they are a great introduction to mental health at a time when it’s badly needed.

Adult Mental Health Awareness and Youth Mental Health Awareness

What you’ll learn:

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • Basic knowledge about some of the most common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Staying well during the Covid 19 lockdown

How you’ll learn:

You’ll learn through power point, discussions, video, activities, and quizzes and the learning is engaging and informative.

Our Adult Mental Health First Aid (2-day) and Adult Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training (4 hours) courses are also available online.

Adult Mental Health First Aid

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course has exactly the same learning outcomes as the full 2-day course.

What you’ll learn:

  • The issues that impact on mental health.
  • How to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and how to help people get the right support.
  • How to help reduce the stigma around mental ill health.
  • How to start a conversation with a person who might be experiencing a mental health issue.

How you’ll learn:

The training is facilitated through power point, discussions, video, activities, and quizzes.

 Adult Mental Health First Aid Refresher training

The Refresher training empowers Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions to maintain their skills and feel confident fulfilling their role. It also demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to treating mental and physical health equally.

What you’ll learn:

  • You’ll refresh and renew your knowledge and skills around mental health.
  • You’ll update your knowledge of how to offer mental health support and the support that’s available for people who are dealing with a mental health issue.
  • You’ll have the chance to practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan.

How you’ll learn:

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions, and workshop activities.

 

How to book a place:

Go to our course calendar page on our website, select the course and date you want, then an instructor will be in touch to confirm your place.

For more information on this or any of our courses, please contact us via email at enquiries@trainconlearning.co.uk

 

 

 

Bridget Woodhead