WE ALL KNOW by now that COVID-19 is a bummer.
It stresses out even the best of us but if you’re a business owner, teacher, healthcare provider or senior, it’s even tougher. Nothing like losing your livelihood, spending all day in a crowded classroom, working directly with COVID-infected patients or not seeing loved ones for months on end to give you a case of the blues.
Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental health problems in this country. They are a pandemic all on their own.
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be experienced in many different ways, including feelings of depression, grief, fear, panic, and anxiety which can be normal responses to situations where day-to-day routines are disrupted and circumstances are uncertain and perceived as potentially risky,” a StatsCan bulletin said last May.
Obviously, the problem has gotten much worse since then. A report a few weeks ago said the increase in symptoms of depression among Canadians was “alarming.”
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.