Updated: Jul 21
Although not a novel issue, coronavirus has accelerated the growth, impact and spread of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety in generally healthy people - busy moms, young working adults, single elders.
With work from home becoming a reality for many individuals, the line between work and life balance has been completely erased. Those who have shared living arrangements no longer have their own space, privacy and time to be on their own. They have to compromise on time to make work video calls while home-schooling children. At the other end of the spectrum, are the single people who have very limited options for meaningful social connection. In both cases, lack of positive human connection and mental stimulation results in emotional distress.
Backed by international research project findings and used by medical practitioners around the world, art-based activities enable people to cope with a wide range of mental ill-health conditions and psychological trauma.
There is a large amount of data indicating that people are feeling more overwhelmed than ever in recent times.
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Lifeline calls: Lifeline responded to almost 90,000 calls last month – one every 30 seconds – from people wanting to talking about the COVID-19 pandemic
Beyond Blue forecasts: The organisation has predicted demand for its services will soar by 30 per cent by June 2020.
Lost Productivity: In 2019 the World Health Organization estimated that depression and anxiety cost the global economy $1 trillion per year in lost productivity. Given the emotional the toll of the pandemic, that price will likely be much higher this year.
Earlier this month, the Victorian government announced a one-off $59.4 million packages to bolster the sector's ability to deal with the spike in demand for mental health services. These include Telehealth, in-person psychologist visits and other form of support.
MeTimeInc is in the process of working with professional psychologists to create a range of classes that will fit various emotional wellbeing needs. Backed by international research findings and used by medical practitioners around the world, art-based activities give people a new set of tools to cope with a wide range of mental ill-health conditions and psychological trauma.
Making art encourages people to express themselves, without having to find the right words. The new skills promote confidence and preserves engagement with the greater community. Connectivity and finding a sense of meaning is so important, particularly now as our most vulnerable are more isolated than ever.
For more information on how to manage current health crisis related mental wellbeing issues, please visit the following support links:
For more information on recent progress being made with art therapy for adults, please visit the following links: