New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 22, 2021

Editorial: Maintaining a mental well-being during the pandemic

By Robb Johnson | September 15, 2020 11:45 am

The pandemic has simply changed the way we do things in this country. We have faced more people who are dealing with depression and suicides. As we transition into the time of year that revolves around holidays and culture, it is important that we think about those people who are suffering with those thoughts, especially with depression.

From a study I read from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, in 2018 suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 48,000 people claimed their own life out of an estimated 1.4 million attempts.

We have issues with depression across all racial lines. Medicine, like anything else, is in the game of selling and may cause an addiction unless it is managed.

As we enter the holiday season, the wrong thing to do is make someone feel stupid or that they are alone. Your actions could be the difference between living and healing, or a person living out their last days coping with pain that no one can understand. This season, we do not know if we can even gather for family events. Just know that it’s now a more critical time than ever to reach out and show love to family and friends.

As we suffer through a record number of people losing jobs and the government fighting for everything under the sun, we must continue to grow as a country and start addressing the issues that seems to continue to be overlooked.

People are mentally drained and are depressed right now. What we need is love. Evil is evil and we must triumph over it, even if it’s mental. Quite simply, the issue will get worse before it gets better and it’s our responsibility to lift each other up.