May is Mental Health Awareness Month and an ideal time to educate ourselves about how to take care of bodies and minds, how to seek help when needed, and live life as fully and enjoyably as we can. Mental Health is as important as our physical and spiritual health, but often neglected. It can impact aspects of our lives such as our mood, energy levels, sleep, irritability, interactions with others, and our level of enjoyment in daily hobbies and activities.
The pandemic for most parents has been very stressful. Mental health problems have rose dramatically during COVID. The pressure of finances, limited child care options and health concerns have made it a very challenging time to families. Parental anxiety and depression have increased because of the pressure on parents during this time. Parents need to figure out ways to support their mental health.
As we have turned the corner into 2021, there seems to be a small light at the end of this COVID pandemic tunnel. 2020 brought many changes due to the pandemic whether it was with your lifestyle, social circle, family members or concerns of health. All of these changes and more have certainly affected most people’s mental health. Making a few resolutions, focusing on some lifestyle changes, and seeking mental health treatment can help overcome many mental health problems.
The corona virus pandemic has changed the way we can deliver mental health services. To minimize the impact of face-to-face contact in facilities, providers can use telehealth services to deliver virtual care to patients during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth services can provide the essential mental health care to patients but minimize the risk of transmitting the virus that causes COVID-19.