A Second Wave of Mental Health Destruction Due to Covid-19. At the point we enter the twenty-first century, no one can know for certain what the ramifications of nuclear weapons will be. It is possible that North Korea will not be the first country to test atomic bombs on an adversary; nor will it be the last. It is also likely that more countries will seek to develop nuclear weapons capabilities in the near future.
The effects of a Second Wave of Mental Health Destruction Due to Covid-19 can be felt today in the United States. There has been a record level of suicides in the U.S. It should be noted that these suicides come from mentally unstable nations with unstable leadership. While the media focuses on the conflicts in the Middle East, or between Iraq and Kuwait, or between the IRA and British government, there are hundreds of cases of mental health issues originating from unstable leaders in the U.S.
The political climate is being driven by fear. Fear of war and peace, fear of terrorism, fear of terrorists, is driving the decisions of leaders in this country and across the world. Two opposing parties are now running for the Presidential Administration, and a war is expected in Iraq. There is increasing concern about health care costs, deficits, Social Security, Medicare Part D, and overall debt. In addition, a Second Wave of Mental Health Destruction is occurring because of the economic downturn. Two economic waves affect our mental health and the quality of life.
As the first wave wraps up and the dust settles, what do we learn from history? The post-cold war period witnessed unprecedented levels of international conflict and the proliferation of international terrorism. International relations have never been as challenging as they are today. Many nations fear for their safety and the stability of their neighbors. In this era of global inter connectedness, threats to the security of nations are increasing.
One can only guess what will happen in the next few years. With the US and some European countries worried about their defense budgets, defense spending is predicted to rise. This will increase the pressure on allied nations to spend more on their mental health programs. One can only imagine the problems that will arise when an aging population seeks mental health treatment at reduced costs. In the next decade, we will see if any of the emerging diseases catch on in large enough numbers to challenge our mental health leadership.
Some pessimists believe that the Second Wave of Mental Health Crisis is already upon us. However, I personally do not believe this to be true. We seem to have avoided large-scale epidemics before. Also, mental health, despite our fears, has not erupted into a full blown health crisis like smallpox, measles or Ebola.
One other possibility is that we are already seeing the effects of the Mental Health Crisis on the smaller scale. Many small clinics and hospitals have been set up as waiting lists for care. Many families fear that they will be cut off from health care too soon. In light of the problems faced by family members with Mental Health conditions, these waiting lists should be taken care of right away.
The Mental Health Crisis is being managed and contained, but it does not mean it will be controlled or erased completely. The Second Wave of Mental Health Crisis could flare up tomorrow. It is up to us to handle the crisis efficiently while it flares up and we take back our minds and bodies back into control. I believe that we can make the first step toward recovery with the Second Wave Mental Health Crisis that is looming over us. If we can get through this tumultuous time while things calm down, we could once again talk about great hopes for the future of our mental health movement.