By Bart Magee, Ph.D.
Now, almost two months into COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown, there’s still plenty of bad news to go around. With little in the way of a roadmap out of the crisis, the psychological toll grows by the day. More than half of Americans now say that the pandemic is negatively impacting their mental health. A new wave of mental illness is inevitable and we will need to muster tremendous resources, creativity, and leadership to confront it. So much to think about, but not my topic today. Rather, I’d like to focus on a related subject, one that I believe could help us in the coming struggle. I’m calling it “the lockdown teaching moment.”
Since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit the Bay Area in March, Access Institute’s mental health providers have been on the front lines of the response to the crisis. In the past few weeks we have seen how the economic devastation, along with the isolation brought on by stay at home orders, has impacted the people who were already managing mental illness and economic vulnerability.