Mental effects of Covid-19
Claudia Gimon-Lopez Shanzay Jamal
What are the mental effects of Covid-19?
- Identify the problem
- Create a hypothesis
- Observe the situation
- Research the existing data
- Analyze the data and the situation
- Create conclusions
- Make the presentation
For our research component, we did do a lot of research, for we didn't pick to do an experiment-based project; we chose to do a study and research-based project. We didn't actually record all of our research, but we did record our sources, so that is as close as we can get.
These mental health problems include depression, bad sleep quality, poor cardiovascular function and impaired immunity for all ages. A recent survey reveals Covid-19 is having a greater negative impact on the mental health of women (62%) compared to men (49%). As to what Canadians feel is contributing to their mental health challenges, a majority of the people blame social isolation (66%).
For children with mental health needs, school closures means a lack of access to the resources they usually have through school. In a survey by a mental health charity called Young Charity, which included around 2111 participants, up to age 25 years with a mental illness history, 83% of the participants said that the pandemic had made their conditions even worse..
For people who attend university, they can be facing many problems and challenges. For example, they can find the uncertainties of whether or not they will take their exams this year stressful, and those who work a part-time job will also feel stressed because their jobs will most probably have been shut down or closed. They can be feeling anxiety and depression as well, because they might have been worried about their health and their loved one’s health. They can also be mentally ill because of not interacting with people, and concerns for their academic performance.
The standard estimate for May from analysts was that Canada would lose another 500,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate would go up 15%.
But rather, it went the other way, adding another 290,000 jobs in May.
Nevertheless, what happened in March, with the loss of 1,000,000 jobs, was devastating. It also repeated in April, with the loss of 2,000,000 jobs. We have only recovered about 10% of what was lost.
Even as the economy added jobs, the unemployment rates went up. More people were looking for work, pushing Canada to a new all-time high of 13.7%. About 80% of the job gains were in Quebec
We all know that Covid-19 can affect numerous people, but how many?
Covid-19 has affected 829k, 773k have recovered and 21,354 have passed away in Canada.
- Close-contact settings where you can't keep 2 metres apart from each other
- Settings where there's singing, shouting or heavy breathing (for example, during exercise)
- Crowded areas
Are all spaces were you can be exposed to Covid-19
According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “Depression is more than twice as prevalent in young women than men (ages 14–25 yr), but this ratio decreases with age. Indeed, starting at puberty, young women are at the greatest risk for major depression and mental disorders globally.”
- Try and be open and loving towards yourself and other people
- Don’t subdue your emotions, in fact let yourself feel the emotions, we recommend writing in a journal or diary
- Remember that tomorrow is a different day, and even if you had a rough day today remember that tomorrow, things can change and things will be better, even if you don’t feel like it will be
- First you want to take a break from whatever your doing, do something that calms you or you enjoy. Take a Time out.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine, which triggers panic attacks and can aggravate anxiety.
- Get enough sleep, it is always important that you have enough sleep and rest, when stressed your body needs extra sleep to stay well both mentally and physically.
- Accept that you cannot control everything, it doesn’t mean that everything is out of your control you can’t control what life has in store for you but you can be prepared for anything life throws at you! ッ
- Our hypothesis was correct because according to our research Covid-19 is a factor in all these symptoms: depression, anxiety, and stress, and all of the different causes do play a huge role in these mental illnesses.
- Around 60% of people whose mental health was negatively impacted said that they aren’t receiving any treatment or social support. When they were asked what was stopping them from receiving support for their mental health problems, they listed that they either couldn’t afford it (22% of people), they don’t know where to go or who to ask help for (17% of people), and the last 12% of people were too embarrassed to even ask for help.
- Some people were unable to access mental health support because peer support groups and face-to-face services had been cancelled, and support through phone or online can be challenging for some young people. It can also be a problem for children with autism and other health problems are at risk because it can be a problem for them if their daily life routines are changed.
Our hypothesis was correct because, according to our research, Covid-19 is a factor in all these symptoms: depression, anxiety, and stress, and all of the various causes do play a massive role in these mental illnesses.
We acknowledge that my (Shanzay's) aunt, uncle, and mother helped give her an idea for the project. We also recognize that Ms. Lai had helped us a lot in working out all of the problems and uncertainties in creating the project (Thanks Miss Lai!). I (Shanzay) want to finally give Claudia some credit for helping me throughout the process of the science fair and being a great friend.
I (Claudia) want to thank everyone, especially Shanzay, for supporting me and our idea. I would like to give Shanzay some credit and claps because she helped me outside and inside of school, and she helped this project come to life! And Miss Lai too! She helped us with our (millions) of questions and supported us so much!