Let's talk about mental health during a pandemic

Let's talk about mental health during a pandemic

The impacts on our mental health and well-being -- from stress, anxiety, panic, fear, and emotional disorder -- can be traumatic ones, with long-lasting effects, if not dealt with.

Glen Byle, West Kootenay candidate for BC’s Conservatives, speaks on Mental Health:

As someone who had a child survive being hit by a car two years ago, and who has symptoms consistent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from that event, mental health is always at the front of my mind.

Sadly, I have also known four young people who have taken their own lives, including one since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the long-term mental health effects when people can't gather to say goodbye to a loved one at the end of their life?

What are the long term mental health impacts on a student who drops out of college because they don't do well with online learning?

What are the long term mental health impacts on a college student who spends most of their day isolated in a room while taking online classes?

What are the long-term effects on emotional connections between a parent and a child when the parents can't watch their child play sports?

What are the mental health impacts on a small business owner trying to adjust their financial and operational plans for the new pandemic rules?

And what are the mental health effects on the homeless population many of whom are already struggling from an opioid crisis?

There are groups in the pandemic who need to be protected. There are people who need to be protected from the physical effects of the virus causing this pandemic, and there are people who need to be protected from the mental health effects brought on from responses to the pandemic.

The impacts on our mental health and well-being -- from stress, anxiety, panic, fear, and emotional disorder -- can be traumatic ones, with long-lasting effects, if not dealt with.

A respectful and open dialogue will be essential in getting through the pandemic, and in safeguarding the emotional security of our family, friends, and neighbours; and that is something BC’s Conservatives will champion through open and constructive dialogue with all stakeholders.

 

Glen Byle and family

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  • Trevor Bolin
    published this page in NEWS 2020-10-21 11:50:33 -0700