Fighting Loneliness and Staying Mentally Well During the Pandemic

Fighting Loneliness and Staying Mentally Well During the Pandemic

Covid-19 has turned the world upside down, leaving people of all ages vulnerable to a bevy of mental health issues that need to be addressed by the right professionals. 

The pandemic has brought with it problems like unemployment, unexpected income loss, and physical illness which gave an interesting glimpse on the coping mechanisms of people of different ages. 

According to Dr. Erika Penney, a clinical psychologist and lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney: “Preliminary results of large scale studies show there has been a rise in anxiety and depression symptoms in Australians since the beginning of the pandemic. Most psychologists believe that beyond anxiety and depression, we are also likely to see an increase in adjustment disorders and alcohol use disorders as people struggle to cope with the financial, relational, and personal stressors of the pandemic.”

This is a clear indication that medical health professionals need to be vigilant because while patients will always be upfront about fevers and aches, most of them will have problems admitting that they are struggling with anxiety or mental health issues. 

The mental health of health and community service workers are not exempt from struggling from loneliness, anxiety and depression because of the stress that their workload brings upon them. 

Do you feel that it is your calling to provide assistance and proper counselling to people and health care workers during and after the pandemic? There might be a career in Mental Health Care Support for you if you take a Diploma of Mental Health course (CHC 53315) which can open up the door to many emotionally rewarding occupations such as: community support worker, case manager, mental health community and rehabilitation support worker and welfare support worker to name a few. 

Education Training & Employment Australia (ETEA), which is one of the country’s leading private colleges currently offers CHC 53315, which is a diploma course that spans 56-104 weeks and can prove to be beneficial for any person who wants to actively seek employment in the community services sector and a particular focus on mental health advocacy. 

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