- May 8, 2021
One of the less documented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the impact of lockdowns, uncertainties and restrictions on the mental health of the millions who’ve had a first-hand experience of the virus, either due to the loss of a loved one, as first responders or as newly unemployed workers.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken an emotional toll on Americans, with mental health professionals reporting they are getting more requests for assistance from people feeling helpless and experiencing anxiety and depression.
As the U.S. bishops opened their two-day fall meeting Nov. 16, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, thanked his brother bishops and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio, for their support during his 11-month medical leave of absence.
Legislation in Congress intends to direct more money to local initiatives to stop what the bill’s backers call an “epidemic” of suicide by veterans.
Fears are growing that the Central African Republic could experience an upsurge of violence has it prepares for presidential elections later this year. The conflict in the country has led to an increase in mental health problems, especially among the young.
Robin Puttock gave the students in her architecture class at The Catholic University of America in Washington an unusual assignment — to consider how the design of a workspace affects mental health.
Catholic Emergency Relief Australia announced funding to 15 organizations after last summer’s bush fires, and at least 10 of the projects have mental health aspects to them.
As churches reopen, favorite pews might now be blocked off, friendly faces might seem distant or unrecognizable behind masks, or those who remain at home might feel jealous of those who can attend Mass. These experiences are “absolutely” normal, real and valid, according to one licensed community counselor.