Why is mental wellbeing so critical in times of global crisis?
This post is an excerpt from an article originally published in Human Resources Director magazine.
In a policy brief from the United Nations in May 2020, the World Health Organization raised the level of concern and need for action in support of our mental wellbeing to avoid a mental health crisis.
“The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by [the COVID-19] crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently,” they expressed.
A recent study conducted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and The Conference Board of Canada reported that 84% of respondents indicated their mental health concerns had worsened since the onset of COVID-19.
We have experienced and are living through a mental injury that is not so different from a physical injury. Mental wellbeing provides us with clarity, discernment, and insight into actions and behaviours to best serve our next steps in recovery. Just like a physical injury, the extent and impact of the injury and our healing will be determined by how we care for ourselves.
Mental wellbeing serves as a foundation for our resilience and our ability to process and respond skillfully to the constant changes we face during a global crisis. Having the mental wellbeing, knowledge and resources to care for ourselves and others will be critical as we move forward. We have all been disrupted and distressed during this time - it will be positive mental health that supports our recovery and adaptation to new ways of living for individuals, communities and societies as a whole.
Access mental health resources to support your mental wellbeing during this crisis and beyond.