The Mental Health Toll of Lockdowns

Written by Riley Gould

The coronavirus is one of the many viruses we can add to our list of contagions we live with. What we can not continue to live with, however, is being on a constant lockdown and being deprived of memories and human interaction.

There are many things we can do to help make sure we remain healthy and not become dangerously ill. A healthy diet, stress management, sunlight, and positive interactions have all been shown to boost an immune system. Ways to stay healthy are sadly lacking in the media’s current narrative of fear.

The period of isolation and lockdown has been mentally and emotionally devastating for countless people. As a result, many are suffering from the vastly increased rates of suicide, loneliness, and substance usage.

In March of 2019, there were seven Fentanyl-involved accidental overdose deaths in San Diego County. In March of 2020, around the time of our state’s lockdown, the number of Fentanyl-related deaths increased to 28. It spiked to 69 deaths just two months ago in August, showing how severe mental health issues have become during lockdowns.

The trends show that the longer this lockdown is in place and people remain controlled, the more they make poor choices that can lead to possibly harming themselves. These—and many other bad habits—have started to develop in the population and are being largely ignored.