As we observe Mental Health Awareness month, it is important to recognize that events with the COVID-19 pandemic put those coping with mental illness at an increased risk. This can be especially true for mothers. If signs and symptoms go unnoticed or untreated, they can result in tragic and long-term consequences to mothers, children, and fathers alike.
Women are often saddled with the everyday responsibilities of ensuring the physical and emotional needs of their families are met. While these activities can be rewarding, this does not leave much time or energy for self-care.
In times of trial, women turn to family members or other mothers for support. However, when isolation is not a choice, it can feel overwhelming and paralyzing. In the case of past trauma or grief, isolation can be a trigger.
So what can someone do in this situation?
- Acknowledge you are feeling lonely and depressed.
- Make it a point to get outside every day, to be in nature and see other signs of human life.
- Set up video calls with family and close friends.
- Reach out to a therapist when you may need the extra support.
Silver Oaks Hospital has a program especially designed for women from all backgrounds and situations. Our team has specialty training related to trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD as they apply to women.
If you or a loved one are struggling, please reach out.
For more information, please call (844) 580-5000.