COVID 19 stayed longer than anybody expected. Our lives are the former shells of what they were, and with this comes a mental crisis that could even outlast the virus. However, the Baker administration has put into place emergency telemedicine measures. And these measures could help curb the mental health crisis if they are made permanent.
Social distancing is a term that we hear more and more each day. Stay at home orders are also rampant in different countries around the world. These measures have led to widespread economic insecurity and an overwhelming concern about getting infected with the coronavirus.
People facing depression have found themselves unable to receive the usual one on one care of traditional medicine, or group therapy. Going for any medical help has become a preserve for the emergencies. People experiencing anxiety for the first time have no idea of how to get help.
The mental health issues pandemic is one that is getting worse with each passing day.
Crisis centers have recorded seeing 30 percent to 40 percent increases in requests for assistance, with helplines overwhelmed with calls.
For sure, the Covid-19 pandemic is a disaster masked with considerable uncertainty. Even experts don’t have a breakthrough yet, but we are all hoping for the best.
A Glimpse of Hope for Your Mental Health
Earlier in the year, the Baker Administration took a firm stand when it issued an order requesting insurance companies to cover telehealth visits like in-person sessions. A bold move and the response was overwhelming from people facing mental distress.
Telehealth has given individuals the ability to see therapists and Doctors over a video call or phone call; it gives individuals who are suffering from mental health problems away to communicate with their therapists to get the help they need.