The pandemic which challenged us in many ways, maybe had the most effect on our mental health. As a result of the constant worry over our lives and our loved ones’ lives, the overwhelming social isolation, the worsening economy and the uncertainty around what the future holds while trying to protect ourselves from the virus and survive in a fearful atmosphere that we have not experienced before, the pandemic became a heavy weight we carry on our shoulders.

According to the World Health Organization, people who had not felt anxious before in their entire lives, are having anxiety attacks because of the impacts of the pandemic and it seems like this situation might cause permanent damages. Studies show that isolation and the feeling of uncertainty may cause a more severe trauma than the fear of death. It is hoped that once vaccination begins in 2021 and 2022 there will be improvements on people’s psychological state. The CEO of Samaritans, Ruth Sutherland states that half a million people in the United Kingdom suffer mental health problems as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic (Samaritans is a UK-based charity whose mission is to provide emotional support for depressive and suicidal individuals over the phone). [1] [2]

While those of us who did not lose their jobs and were lucky enough to be able to work from home, were safe indoors, millions of people around the world were obliged to provide for society’s needs. And at times the lack of empathy and understanding between the decision-makers and those affected by their decisions became more obvious than ever. This social fabric that is on the verge of being torn apart across the world brings up the question as to whether more could have been done for those who risked their lives and made sacrifices in order to serve society rather than merely saying nice things.

In addition; according to studies on social relations, even the people who attach relatively less importance to their social relations before the pandemic tend to make new connections and strengthen their current relations. This situation demonstrates that apps offering communication and lifestyle services will gain importance. Being able to provide yourself with psychological first aid services and to improve your mental health will be counted as a great opportunity post-pandemic.

Ömer Merken

Kızılay Academy E-Learning Products and Systems Specialist