Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
After about ten-weeks, lockdown as we know it had been lifted. That’s great for employees that can go back to work, kids going back to school and everyone else getting on with their lives. I’m fortunate enough to have a job, and through this tough time in my industry (asset security and telematics) most of my colleagues have been furloughed. I’m bringing in about half of my usual salary, and for that, I get to stay at home with my family – sounds good, right?
My two-year-old is deep into his ‘terrible twos’, my pregnant wife’s working flat-out on new business and we’re moving house very soon. The result is a nightmare morning where I’m on kid-duty and he screams the vilest and most hurtful things at me before I make lunch that both family members criticise. My son naps a few hours so I can get on with house chores and shopping before he wakes up and carries on his tirade against me. Tea-time goes the same as lunch, and I slip into bed, knowing that my dreams tend to be pleasant and a welcome relief from my conscious life. My kid’s too young to know better and both my wife and I are trying our hardest to teach him right from wrong. My wife’s too busy to help out as much as I need and, although we’ve discussed my mental health, she can’t help without sacrificing her work (and we need to income).
I’m incredibly fortunate to have my life the way it is, but the current situation is nothing short of brutal and, after working in mental-health between 2008 and 2010, I have a new perspective on the condition. I’m fully aware and in control of the situation, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
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