As much has been made of the financial impacts that the spread of COVID-19 has caused, another important aspect of this historic moment in time should not be forgotten: The connection between the novel coronavirus and mental health.
This is not to say that the symptoms of the virus itself have any effect on an individual’s mental health, but rather, the atmosphere surrounding the pandemic, such as social distancing measures limiting social interactions, school closures and major life event cancellations. This can weigh very heavily on the minds of those negatively affected and could result in depressive symptoms. Two demographics, seniors of both high school and college, are particularly impacted.
Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor at Pinnacle Pointe, breaks down those impacts and what can be done to help in the video below. Next week, AY will upload another video from English on how the mental health of children and teens can be affected, as part of this special series on coronavirus and mental health.