The impacts of isolation have been well studied. While the relationship between being alone and feeling mentally unwell can be a complex one, generally speaking, those who are prone to depression often find that loneliness exacerbates the situation.
Additionally, just as things like heart disease and diabetes are considered co-morbidities, there are also similar relationships between anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Not only can these lead to one another, but they can also build upon one another.
What are the implications of the isolating and terrifying consequences of the coronavirus for your employees? One organization, Opinium Research, sought to find out. It surveyed 2,006 adults in the United States toward the end of March. Its findings suggest that a shocking number of employees have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus in terms of mental (and physical) health.
More Than Half of Respondents Have Been Mentally Impacted by COVID-19
In fact, the survey found that 53% of respondents felt COVID-19 has impacted their mental well-being to some degree. Another 39% said they feel overwhelmed continuously by news and worries of the future. Additionally, 27% said they regularly feel isolated, and another 34% said they feel isolated on occasion.
The implications of these results will have an impact with a magnitude unseen in many decades. For those with serious mental illness who have been managing well for a long time might find themselves unable to hold on.
Others who did not realize they had an underlying mental illness might learn they do for the first time under these damaging circumstances. Finally, those who don’t have mental illness can still suffer mental health issues due to the stressful forces at play. Read more here…
Source: HR Daily Advisor