October 25, 2020

Coronavirus reveals everything that’s wrong with our mental health care system

Coronavirus reveals everything that's wrong with our mental health care system

By now you’ve probably read at least one article about how to manage anxiety related to the coronavirus. Many of them contain useful tips: avoid the 24-7 news cycle, reframe negative thoughts, practice mindfulness, and connect with loved ones.

These coping skills will undoubtedly help many weather coronavirus anxiety, particularly if everything else in their life is going well.

But COVID-19, the official term for the disease caused by the virus, is forcing people to isolate, distance, and quarantine themselves, all of which can exacerbate stress, anxiety, and sadness. For those already dealing with mental illness, financial and relationship strain, unreliable support from family and friends, and limited access to physical and mental health care, reminders about coping skills are stop-gaps that can’t fix a larger problem: a broken system that often leaves people one emergency away from a mental health care crisis. …

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