New Zealand mental health crisis has worsened under Ardern, data shows
Aside from signs that people have already been suffering in an increasingly unequal world where jobs are scarce, independent housing too expensive and only certain ways of thinking are rewarded, how will the 2019-2021 lockdowns further add to mental health problems?
Picked up from news articles:
- French ambulance services in just one city report attending to far more self-harm, suicide cases than ever before;
- French government acknowleges the severe mental impact of lockdown and is offering four free (state-paid) therapy sessions to all citizens, nationwide;
- Worldwide, mental health is worsening: depression, anxiety are burgeoning and suicide ideation on the increase (see data from various countries).
- Rate of eating disorders/anorexia among teenagers has strangely rocketed during 2020 (an often intractable psychiatric disorder linked with issues of anxiety, control and isolation)
- From the World Economic Forum:
Lockdown is the world's biggest psychological experiment
"In late February 2020, right before European countries mandated various forms of lockdowns,
The Lancet published a review of 24 studies documenting the psychological impact of quarantine
(the “restriction of movement of people who have potentially been exposed to a contagious disease”).
The findings offer a glimpse of what is brewing in hundreds of millions of households around the world.../continues"
Ref: WEF/ "This is the psychological side of the Covid pandemic that we are ignoring"
While the WEF at least acknowledges the situation, note how weak its solutions are: ineffective band-aids on widespread, systemic issues of alienation, poverty and tunnel-vision groupthink. WEF-type solutions have already been tried by Jacinda Ardern in NZ, without much success.