Mental-health problems brought on by viral outbreaks, such as COVID-19, have long been called parallel epidemics, and research during the current crisis seems to bear that out.
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“When we talk about the impact of COVID on mental health, the impact is due to multiple factors,” said Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, the University of B.C.’s head of psychiatry as well as the regional head and program medical director of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health.
One factor, of course, is having COVID itself.
“But also all the others things that came with COVID: Lockdowns, social isolation, social-rhythm destruction,” Yatham said. “But also a financial impact as well, because many people lost their jobs.”
Yatham, co-author of an editorial in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry on the mental health of communities during COVID, was speaking ahead of Sunday’s World Mental Health Day: It’s time to make quality mental-health care for all a reality, says the WHO.
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