Our lives have change over night. One day we were all heading to work, meeting up and have a jolly time, and the next we couldn’t meet up with our nearest and dearest in fear that we might transfer the virus onto those who are not as strong to battle it out.
A survey conducted by Esprimi and commissioned by Richmond Foundation, shows how 47 per cent of the respondents (out of a total of 1064) are feeling depressed during such trying times. Which is understandable considering that we are currently better off staying home than enjoying typical, gorgeous spring weather.
“The large majority of respondents also indicated becoming increasingly worried the more information they acquired about the disease, with 81% declaring that the information they obtained somewhat to greatly increased their concern,” the survey said.
41.4 per cent of respondents admitted to feeling socially isolated because of the social distancing safety measure implemented.
Out of the total respondents, “1 out of 100 thought of self-harm or suicide, 47% reported feeling depressed most of the time and 48% reported that they did not feel like doing anything. Students and unemployed people were among the highest groups of individuals who reported having feelings of self-harm/suicide.”
“We also found that people on the frontline of the crisis, particularly those employed in healthcare, public safety, national security and food and necessary goods were amongst those that reported feeling the most fearful,” the survey noted.
These are trying times for all of us, but remember, no matter how lonely you may feel, you are not alone.
If you have relatives who are alone at home, give them a ring and have a chat. They’ll appreciate it more than you know.
If you need to talk, about any thoughts or troubles you may have, Malta has helplines available to you.
You can find a full list of helplines and initiatives, with all delivery service providers on the Malta Together website.
Don’t let Social Isolation separate us. Reach out if you need help.