Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
17 Jul 2020
5:00 am

Isolation, financial stress lead to lockdown mental health pandemic

Rorisang Kgosana

While government's main focus has been on minimising harm to citizens' physical health and the economy, worsening mental health problems could be the shadow pandemic which stays with us long after the passage of Covid-19.

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If the looming shadow pandemic of mental health problems is not addressed timeously, the country will have very few human resources left to rebuild after the pandemic, according to experts. Isolation, the prohibition on visiting loved ones, and uncertainty around the economy and job security are all factors which have contributed to stress, depression and anxiety among South Africans since the lockdown. According to research by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, the main mental challenges experienced during the lockdown included anxiety and panic, financial stress and pressure, depression, poor family relations, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse. But the lockdown...