Mental health issues and conditions have arguably never been higher on a global spectrum as a result of COVID-19. Enough of us experienced mental health difficulties prior to entering a pandemic, but with the coronavirus wreaking havoc in our lives still, over a year later, a hell of a lot more of us are struggling than, possibly, ever before, and we need help.
Thankfully, the state of Colorado has taken the mental health crisis we are facing into consideration and is acting upon it to assist young people who are struggling, according to an article from The Good News Network. Check it out.
“Colorado is working hard to ensure mental health support is there for young people struggling in the pandemic.
“Bill 21-1258 was introduced to the House last week—and would provide people under 19 with free therapy sessions if needed.
“With kids facing increased isolation and instability because of COVID-19, a program to help youth get through this difficult time is necessary—says the bipartisan bill, noting that the Colorado crisis service hotline has experienced a 30% increase in calls and texts since last spring,” explains the article.
This is a truly phenomenal initiative, and it is one, I believe, that should be implemented on a much larger scale, though I realize this isn’t an overly realistic mindset. But, maybe it should be; mental health has never had such a prominent presence in so many of our lives as it does now, and the situation is dire.
It is maddening to acknowledge that mental health is not receiving the same attention as anything COVID-19 affiliated. This pandemic and all of its implications are what have prompted such a surge in suicides and the onset of mental health conditions, yet for whatever reason, there isn’t much discussion pertaining to the issue at hand.
COVID-19 is real, and so is mental health. So why not grant them the same amount of attention?