Lockdown has been a stressful time for the inhabitants of the UK, with anxiety caused by covid, and strict rules dictating how we live our lives.
Lockdown has been a lonely time for many. The government has put massive pressure onto society through laws and propaganda to social distance and self-isolate, and for many the only change of scenery has been the weekly shop. The sharing of emotions that we as humans, a social creature, rely on has been handicapped; the 2 meter rule has prevented us from fully enjoying the others company and giving hugs and kisses when needed, and wearing face masks has had a severe impact on our abilities to communicate through facial expressions, lip reading, and damping their voice. For many, this can make it easy to bottle up emotions, not taking things at face value as we used to. For others, it has become harder and harder to maintain contact with friends and family, as well as the random people we meet in life. It is no longer possible to visit friends and family abroad with the strict rules that have been put in place regarding travel, whether the borders are closed, or self-isolating is mandatory. We were unable to be with our dying loved ones, and unable to go to their funerals; to properly grief in this chaotic time.
The fearmongering of the government has, for many, induced fear to step outside their front door. Many people are very anxious to get the disease. It feels criminal to visit our friends and family now the rules allow us to. There are so many changes happening to the rules daily that our lives become revolved around covid as opposed to our wellbeing. For many, being locked in with family has been very stressful with many relationships breaking down, and children and adults in abusive households have been denied their escape. Children learn through playing with other children no longer have this opportunity.
There were 6.9 suicide deaths per 100,000 people in England between April and June this year. compared to the 11 per 100,000 people during the year 2019, which averages to about 3.7 per 100,000 in the same time span. This is an increase of 3.2 deaths per 100,000 people due to suicide, which is an increase of roughly 213 people in just 3 months compared to 2019.
Maybe it is time that we put our mental health first?