The world is one big volcano, both metaphorically and in a sense physically the core of our earth is magma and lava, the volcanoes are merely a facility for the gases and magma to escape. Metaphorical volcanoes are the melting pot of human emotions we currently existing, most of us seem to hate our own company and have been filling our lives with meaningless activities in order to continue to avoid them. This is largely why there seems to be such hostility towards the lock downs in the UK, yes there are many of us worrying about money but after a while you start to realise that really its our dislike of our own company that is the real problem. This is demonstrated by the difference between those who are keeping themselves busy and those who are currently drinking their days away through boredom and disgust. I overheard one person in our local shop say “so many bills, oh well I suppose its an excuse to buy more beer” it seems that our budgets are going out the window in favour of indulging ourselves in the wake of the pandemic.
Once what passes for normally returns, there will be many at a disadvantage, out of the habit of budgeting will mean a learning curve for a lot of people. No more day drinking, much less time to spend all your time transferring your issues on to others on social media and your precious reason for getting up in the morning will return. At the moment those who are furloughed or supported by their Governments in some way are experiencing a time where they will never ever be so lucky. In the UK you are getting paid 80% of the wage you would normally be paid to do whatever job you were doing to essentially do as you please, the only condition is that you aren’t allowed to do any work for the company you are furloughed with the exception of training tasks. If you are bored find something to do, after all your company are paying you regardless or stop complaining and accept that you are being paid to do nothing, but sitting around taking potshots at people because you have nothing better to do is bad for your mental health and everyone else’s.
An unfortunate consequence of the lock is a significant increase in domestic violence, although seemingly the mainstream media have only just picked up on it recently. The fact that the UK government only revised its rules of lock down 3 weeks after it started to accommodate for people escaping is disappointingly short sighted, there should have been provisions in the beginning for such situations. To knowingly put people in danger with no way of escape is inexcusable, all genders are at risk from their partners regardless of the sexuality and although the rate in the UK is not as high as some countries to think that confining people to their homes wont aggravate them in some way is short sighted. Over the last week I have personally overheard several incidents two of which the police were called by I can only assume neighbours. They say divorce rate will increase significantly because people are actually living full time with their partners, I suspect that a non-violent divorce is preferable to being beaten to death by a partner, in the UK 4000 arrests have been made in London alone and a distressing 16 have died in 3 weeks including children in suspected domestic abuse incidents. The government snubbing hotels offer of rooms for sanctuary is dangerous when there arent enough places for people to be housed safely.
Mental health warrants have seen a significant rise in the UK due to the lock down as families are unable to cope with their behaviour, Section 135 allows the police to enter and remove someone for assessment or do the assessment in situ if the service user is agreeable and the situation is appropriate. However this relies on families actually calling the police to intervene before it gets serious, sometimes these people are known to both the mental health team and the police, often the thought is “they will settle down soon” but unfortunately this is not always the case. I will leave some helplines for those who might require assistance, stay safe in these crazy times people.
In case of domestic abuse
In Australia, the national family violence counselling service is on 1800 737 732.
For Mental Health Crisises
USA Emergency: 911, click for a list of other useful numbers in a mental health crisis,
UK & Republic of Ireland – Emergency: 112 or 999, Hotline: +44 (0) 8457 90 90 90 (UK – local rate), Hotline: +44 (0) 8457 90 91 92 (UK minicom), young people can access a messaging service here https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/get-urgent-help/youngminds-crisis-messenger/,
Australia Emergency: 000, Lifeline.org: https://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/Online-Services/crisis–chat, LifeLine Australia: 1-300-13-11-14, YourLifeCounts.org: http://www.yourlifecounts.org/need-help/crisis-lines
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