The First Lady of the United States says that she is no exception to the rule. Michelle Obama says she too is experiencing what more than one in three Americans reported in a recent pulse survey by the Census Bureau-they are feeling symptoms of anxiety or depression. A year ago that figure was one in ten.
Obama says that she is dealing with “Some form of low-grade depression” due to the coronavirus quarantine, racial strife in the U.S., and what she feels is the daily hypocriacy of the Trump administration. She says that she has trouble sleeping and experiences throughout the quarantine in which she feels down. “Spiritually, these are not fulfilling times.” she said. Obama says “Watching the hypocrisy of the Trump administration day in and day out is dispiriting.” The First Lady says she is managing her emotions by being easier on herself. She says she continues to work out and sticks to a routine.
A policy brief issued by the United Nations reports that the Covid-19 pandemic is highlighting the need to urgently increase investment in services for mental health or risk a massive increase in mental health conditions. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, says a failure to take people’s emotional well-being seriously will lead to long-term social and economic costs.
Devora Kestel, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use at WHO, says we must develop national plans, ensuring coverage for mental health conditions and building the human resource capacity to deliver quality mental health care in local communities.
Source: Gary R’nel
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