Harianjogja.com, JAKARTA The Covid-19 pandemic has an impact on psychological problems. However, recent studies say the number of suicides has actually decreased.
Initial reports suggest a spike in the number of people dealing with mental health issues. However, experts believe as people begin to adapt to the Covid-19 period, there will be a significant drop in the number of cases.
Launching from Times of India, Friday (16/7/2021), a research team that is part of the Mental Health Task of the Lancet Covid-19 Commission said the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives is gradually fading over time.
During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the research team observed a spike in average levels of anxiety and depression. A study of 50,000 people in the UK reported 27 per cent of people showed a clinically significant level of suffering early in the pandemic compared to 19 per cent before the pandemic.
“This figure shows that Covid-19 brings various mental health problems,” the report said as quoted by the Times of India, Friday (16/7/2021).
Over time, according to the researchers, average rates of depression, anxiety, distress, and even suicide began to decline. They also examined the largest data set from the Gallup World Poll.
“This survey asks people to evaluate their lives on a 10-point scale, with 10 [poin] as the best life and zero [poin] as the worst,” explained the researcher.
The results showed that there was no significant decrease in life satisfaction. Reportedly, people in 2020 rated their lives an average of 5.75 identical to the average of previous years.
“Data real-time from official government sources in 21 countries showed no increase in detected suicides from April to July 2020, compared to previous years,” the researchers said.
In fact, the researchers continued, suicide rates actually declined slightly in some countries, including the United States. Meanwhile, many have survived the devastating effects of the pandemic but the impact on the mind remains.
However, researchers believe that humans have something called a psychological immune system, which gives people the ability to make the best of the worst situations. It is this that gives people the strength to cope with loss, traumatic experiences, injuries, and adversity.