Of grief and languishing: COVID-19 in the eyes of a person with lived experience
Trigger warning: This podcast discusses content about depression and other mental health conditions. If you feel you need support with your mental health, please ensure you seek the appropriate help from your local health care facility, a local community group that specializes in mental health, or if available, a national crisis hotline or helpline.
In my previous article, I highlighted how challenges in the Philippine health system, particularly on mental health, can transcend across the levels of self, society, and system, which was richly discussed using the 3S and 3Os Framework. Applying this principle, how do these challenges across different levels contribute to pandemic grief and languishing?
In this podcast, I had the opportunity to converse with Lawrence, one of the co-founders of MentalHealthPH, Inc. and a person with lived experience. With her journey as a young Filipino diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder, Lawrence gave us a peek at how persons with lived experience like her are affected by the COVID-19 especially with pandemic grief and languishing.
There are helpful ways to support people with lived experience amid this pandemic:
Finally, mental health services are essential humanitarian needs; thus, they also need to be at the front and center of any country’s COVID-19 response.
Tune in on the podcast below for the full interview where Lawrence and I tackled, on a more personal note, grief and languishing during this COVID-19. We thank Lawrence for her courage in sharing her inspiring story.