Over the course of the past year and a half, I’ve developed a handful of struggles regarding my metal health, most of which were provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. According to a 2020 CDC survey of 5,412 people, 40% of participants answered that their mental health had worsened since the beginning of self-isolation. Moreover, a national poll conducted by the University of Michigan shows that three in four parents have noticed worsening mental health conditions in their teenage children. 

It is clear that across the board, the pandemic has deteriorated individuals’ mental health. With limitations on coping outlets for many and new variants of COVID-19 arise, the past year and a half has been a test of mental strength unlike any other — and there is no clear end in sight. 

In comparing my view of mental illnesses before and after experiencing them for myself, I realized there are misconceptions surrounding mental health, what mental illnesses are and how to identify if you are experiencing any. Through this blog, I hope to help spread awareness about realities behind mental illnesses and share individuals’ experiences. Prepare to live life more open-mindedly.