'Claims for mental health illnesses have increased since the COVID-19 outbreak'

Report-'Claims for mental health illnesses have increased since the COVID-19 outbreak'

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues.

Depressed teenager having a meeting with his therapist
Depressed teenager having a meeting with his therapist/ iStock

All over the world, people have been dealing with the dire effects of COVID-19. 

The virus has shifted the way things are done and resulted in a lot of deaths, job losses, and salary cuts. 

As a result, many people have been suffering with mental illnesses. 

Liberty, one of South Africa's leading life insurers, says it received a lot of claims for major depression, schizophrenia, and dementia during this period.

According to the report, most of the clients that claimed for major depression are people in the workforce between the ages of 35 and 54.

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There has also been a 5.8% increase in suicides cases and a 7.1% increase in income protection claims for mental illness-related claims. 

"The stresses brought about by the pandemic have brought about long-term effects, including a mental health crisis because understandably, people lost loved ones, were retrenched, and are struggling to get by because of the economic upheaval," Dr Stott, Liberty's chief medical officer, said

Although there has been better management of the pandemic, the insurer says claim volumes for mental health have remained high in 2022. This is because of the long-term effects of the virus. 

If you are suffering from depression, it is important that you boost your mental well-being by living a healthy lifestyle which includes eating right and exercising. Also, be mindful of the things you consume which can negatively affect your well-being. Remember to also cultivate your close relationships and spend time doing things that bring you joy. 

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Image courtesy of iStock/ @Drazen Zigic

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