With the global impact of Covid-19, everyone around the world is being asked to exercise strict social distancing. We have seen the positive impacts of social distancing and the lower rate of transmission it has – it buys us time! And with the need to ramp up treatment, vaccines and health response – time is what we need.
But the unintended consequences or side effects of social distancing is that people feel isolated, alone, lonely and this leads to all sorts of well being and mental health impacts. Isolation and being left alone with one’s own thoughts can be devastating to many. For those suffering from depression and other mental health challenges, it can be unbearable and even risky!