Going mental


Azmyl Yunor

A priest and an officer argue in Filipino rebel director Lav Diaz’s film Deconstruction Of Time. – YouTube pic, July 9, 2021.

MENTAL health has been in the news lately because of the recent statistics on number of suicides in the first half of 2021, which reflects the oft-overlooked (but clearly warned by experts at the start of the lockdowns last year) aspect of the pandemic: the psychological toll of Covid-19 in correlation to the economic collapse (leading to job losses and loss of incomes) and social isolation that subsequent lockdowns begat.

These two factors have an effect on a person’s sense of self-worth and place in society as much as the loss of ability to financially support his or herself, or family.


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