We know many of you are experiencing stress and difficulties due to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak, and to those who are working tirelessly to ensure both mental and physical well-being for everyone.
With phsyical distancing, there is the risk of social isolation. Studies have shown that quarantine and isolation can negatively affect mental and physical well-being. Those who are in quarantine or practicing physical distancing will likely find that the three key elements of mental health—autonomy, competency, and connectedness—are all impacted. People may feel that they have no control over their situation. They also feel cut off from the rest of the world and unable to perform their usual duties.
Even without distancing, we may be experiencing a sense of uncertainty, worry, and anxiety about our loved ones and ourselves. We may wonder when the current situation will end. With this kind of stress, it can be truly perilous for those who already are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other emotional issues. Even if one is not alone, family and relationship tension can be compounded by childcare and financial strains.
More than ever, mental health needs to be accessible to everyone, and it is our goal to make that happen with our online art therapy sessions.