Mental Monday: Memorial Day

This year, this…holiday. It hits different for a lot of us. We use this time to remember those that we lost throughout our lives. But most importantly we are celebrating this time to remember those that were lost during this pandemic. Not only to the virus itself but to those who lost their battle to mental illness.

I have said it more times than I can keep count. But being isolated from your friends, family, and the activities that kept you busy. It’s has done a lot of damage to people who must battle with mental health every day. I was the lucky few, being a writer. My outlet was everywhere around me. Even when there were days, even weeks that my depression took over. Tired day in and out, entering flight mode and losing a whole day not remembering much of anything. I was the survivor along with so many. But I won’t forget those that lost their life due to self-isolation.

Just recently a video came to me on Facebook about a father talking about how his son died from Covid-19, but not in the way most people think. Short version his son took his own life because he couldn’t handle self-isolation (Link to Video below). Truth be told many of us can’t and we shouldn’t have been in this state for that long, better yet, we shouldn’t have been in its period. Yeah, the stimulus check was nice and all, but did it do anything for us as human beings. Did it cure the emotional pain of losing a job, your homes, or that of a loved one? All it did was helped a little until things have gotten better and if the media is right on this one, it might get worse.

I could go on a rant about the whole thing, but I won’t. What I will do is ask for a simple request from you all. Please, on this Memorial Day. Celebrate the lives of those we lost this year due to Covid-19. Not just those that were infected by the virus, but those that were affected mentally, especially the children.

Before I go, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families that have lost love ones and I pray that you find the strength to move on one day. Until then try your best to remember the good times you shared with that person and hold their memory tight and for as long as you can.

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