The psychological impact of lockdown

Maintaining good mental health has emerged as a major challenge for South Africans this year, in large part due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. With October being Mental Health Awareness Month, there is not a more fitting time to take a hard look at the psychological effect that the pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown is having on us all.
 
This negative psychological impact is second only to the financial strain that South African households have been subjected to in 2020. “Having chatted to more than 450,000 South Africans on Facebook Messenger, we utilised our in-house chatbot technology to get a clearer picture of how Covid-19 has impacted their financial and mental health. The results were eye-opening," says Monique Elliott, head of marketing at CompariSure.

She explains that 20% of the participants indicated that mental health was their biggest challenge during lockdown. In addition, 53% listed financial strain as their primary challenge, with 41% having said that one or more members of the household had been left unemployed by the pandemic. “It is well known that financial strain and unemployment add additional pressure to the mental health struggles of people.”

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