INSPIRED - EMPOWERED - EQUIPPED TO CARE
Quarantines, travel bans, infections with Covid-19, visit restrictions in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons, lockdowns, physical distancing, home office, online learning... have led to an increase in the proportion of people who have felt lonely most or all of the time these last months. Isolation and loneliness increase the risks for anxiety, depression or suicide attempts among all age groups and are often connected with poorer sleep and weakened immune function.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the prevalence of depression symptoms in Europe has increased by 2 to 5-fold according to the countries. Individuals more at risk include those with lower social resources, lower economic resources, and greater exposure to stressors like fear, overwork or job loss.
Many think that they are representing the justice of God while they wholly fail of representing His tenderness and His great love” E. White, Ministry of Healing. The glory of heaven is in lifting up the fallen and comforting the distressed. We cannot come in touch with divinity without coming in touch with humanity and without understanding who is our neighbor.