We are all aware of the catastrophic physical toll of the COVID19assault. Over 560,000 American lives have been snuffed out to date. But often overlooked is the impact of the virus on our mental health that may linger long after the extended uncertainty and disruption fade into history. It is difficult to understand what long term effects will remain to further add to the prolonged stress we are living through. Sadly, the associated effects of the pandemic are felt primarily by younger people who are suffering ever increasing severe mental illness. Our already badly strained healthcare system is currently receiving increased service requests. Calls to physicians and other mental health providers along with more requests for telehealth conferencing are on the uptick. Unfortunately , this will be the “long haulers” version of mental health.
- Lou Reinitz LJR Insurance Solutions