Whistleblower and American immunologist Rick Bright mentioned last year that we are headed for the “darkest winter in modern history.”1 But this isn’t just about the respiratory pandemic that, at this point, we all know and hate. Rather, we are experiencing an acute mental pandemic that I would be amiss for not writing about.
Mental health is a very important aspect of Ayurveda that I look forward to extensively addressing in the near future. However, current day statistics alone speak volumes. According to the CDC, “symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April–June of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.” In fact, the suicide ideation rate is in the double digits: 10.7%. Especially vulnerable populations include young adults ages 18-24, Blxck & Hxspanic people, and essential workers.2
While this is some really heavy stuff, it is also important to recognize that help is available. From talking to someone you are close to about how you feel to suicide prevention hotlines, there are so many ways that we can tackle this epidemic together.
And although I have a lot of exciting content lined up for the next couple months, I almost wasn’t going to post an article this week due to my own mental health struggle. But as always, I’m glad I did.
P.S. I mentioned a recipe in my last post that included nonsalted butter and ghee, which are not vegan of course. Here is the alternative I’ll be using next week:
Smith-Schoenwalder, C. Whistleblower Rick Bright to Warn Congress of ‘Darkest Winter in Modern History’. https://www.usnews.com/.
Czeisler MÉ , Lane RI, Petrosky E, et al. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1049–1057.