For the past several months, governments across the globe have forced businesses to close, and imposed a number of other state lockdown procedures, in a faulty attempt to stop the worldwide pandemic from spreading. They told us that staying home will keep us protected and safe.
But there are other things far sinister and more destructive than what any virus is capable of, and they are waiting for their victims at home behind closed doors. Let’s talk about COVID Effects. In case you missed this post The Best Ways To Help The Elderly
For millions of Americans, being confined to stay-at-home orders is putting them directly in harm’s way. That’s because their homes are not always a safe place to be, let alone being cooped up in them for weeks at a time. These victims are then left with an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness and a sense of being utterly trapped.
The pandemic has led to a rise in depression, suicide, and child domestic violence that most of us aren’t hearing about. Here’s more on the negative effects of COVID stay at home orders. In case you missed my post The Best Ways To Help The Elderly
Numbers are on the Rise
Many of us forget that depression, suicide, and child domestic violence were all pandemics that were here with us long before COVID-19 revealed its ugly head. The numbers and statistics are far uglier than what COVID proved to be and have only worsened ever since we were forced to stay in our homes. So what’s causing all this turmoil and destructive behavior?
One obvious answer is that everyone is under a lot more pressure and experiencing more anxiety than what we’ve ever dealt with before. Many Americans have been left without work, causing financial stress in the home.
Fear has gripped this nation as we continue to watch the corona cases rise, along with the number of fatalities.
During these uncertain times, many people also went out and purchased guns, or have taken up drinking, while others turned to drugs as a coping mechanism.
Being Confined with an Abuser
Being shut in at home has certainly taken its toll on everyone. Even for those living in a healthy family environment, being forced into our home with family members for long periods of time can cause a lot of chaos.
But with children and women being confined to a home with a sexual predator or an abuser on top of all that surmounting stress, can lead to an extremely dangerous situation. Even more so when those coping mechanisms come into play.
Many victims have been threatened that they would be thrown out into the streets where they will catch the virus, while for others, COVID-19 is being used as an excuse by their abuser for why they are continually being isolated, long after the stay-at-home orders have been lifted.
Children were left without daycare, schools, and other care providers that gave them a safe haven throughout the day, and a break for mom and dad.
Mental Health Has Worsened
For obvious reasons, mental health has only gotten worse as of late. It’s as if many people have crawled into a dark hole that they can’t seem to get back out of. Experts have noticed that depression and suicide rates have steadily begun to grow as well.
Even President Trump and the White House have mentioned this in recent weeks. It’s been proven that the stay at home order is not healthy for us mentally. That’s because individuals feel alone and isolated from friends and family due to social distancing, and with little hope for the future.
Victims Left with Nowhere to Turn
Victims of depression, suicide, and child domestic violence are also now left with little to no resources for ways of getting help and being heard. Food banks, shelters, legal aid offices, health care facilities, and rape crisis centers were left shut down at one point, and are even still, currently understaffed and completely overwhelmed.
This is especially the case in larger cities and highly-populated areas.
Not only are these facilities overrun, but police agencies are halting arrests, along with releasing dangerous inmates back to their families due to the spreading of COVID-19 in the jail systems. All of this will continue to contribute to the rise in violence and the collapse of our social infrastructure as we know it.
If you or someone you know is a victim of depression or thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 so you can get the help you deserve. No one should be left to feel this way and should not be overlooked.
For victims of child/domestic abuse, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224. Here are a few other resources for you to look into.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left victims of depression, suicide, and domestic violence alienated and marginalized because they aren’t able to find the help and support that they desperately need. With this growing concern, a new approach needs to take place in our justice and social systems to help curb these pandemics that are taking place behind closed doors.
You can also help to spread the word and awareness by talking with friends and family about it. What COVID effects have you discovered during all of this? Please stay safe, stay well, and wash your hands. May God bless this world, Linda
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