The pandemic is “a significant source of stress” for 80-percent of U.S. adults, the American Psychological Association found. One-in-five say their mental health is worse than it was at this time last year. See the full report here.
“The thing with the pandemic [is] it has isolated people. [Isolation is] Satan’s number one trick,” Dean Vander Mey of Set Free Ministries says.
“God created us to be relational. Loving God and loving others is the essence of life, according to Jesus.”
Dr. John Greden, founder and director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, says pandemic-related stressors compound mental illnesses. “Some people have preexisting depression, bipolar and anxiety conditions. They are intensified because of the pandemic, job loss, social isolation, and sleep disturbances,” he explains.
“We have a collision of things underway. The combination is toxic.”
Simultaneously, fatal overdose and suicide rates hit record highs in many states. Fatal opioid overdoses between March and September in Michigan were 15-percent higher than the same period last year. In one month, Kentucky saw nearly as many overdose deaths as it had during all of 2019.
Care facilities are overbooked throughout the country.
“We have people calling Set Free Ministries and some are suicidal. We say, ‘You need to get into a mental health facility to get assessed.’ They call back an hour later and say [the facilities are] all full,” Vander Mey says.
“That’s happening not only in Michigan but in other states as well.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord how He wants to use you to help others.
- Think of people in your life who may benefit from a 10-minute phone call. Then, find time to connect and encourage them with God’s Word.