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YOUTH AND BUSINESS: Challenges and Directions for Mental Health on post COVID - 19 era.


Young individuals have been disproportionately affected by the COVID- 19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a systematic, deep, and disproportionate impact in young people. Young Adults aged 18 to 24 who were employed prior to the outbreak are now unemployed, and those who are employed have reported reduced hours and income. Students opinions of their future career prospects are grim and young people around the world are becoming increasingly unsure about their future.


The COVID-19 pandemic, on the other hand, has pushed business around the world to strike a delicate balance between safeguarding their workers' health and continuing to operate. Most businesses are now tackling this problem and trying to figure out the best way to safeguard as many stakeholders as possible.





These two sectors of the community must make numerous adaptations in order to comply with government standards while conducting business. And doing it isn't a joke!


However, as the world's authorities appear to be contacting on the infectious side of the pandemic, an increase in mental health disorders has been detected. These two sector groups appeared to be at higher risk for this type of mental health impact. Indeed, the current scenario's

emotional stress may exacerbate or trigger preexisting psychiatric problems. Even though remote assistance is fast rising, many elective appointments have been cancelled and mental health support systems have been discontinued due to physical distance.


On COVID-19 Post Era, how can these sectors keep their emotional stability?


COVID-19's current pandemic crisis has a direct impact on society as a whole, wreaking havoc on health , education , and the economy. Aside from the abrupt changes in everyday dynamics, the anxiety and insecurity caused by the sickness and all of the plans that the situation jeopardizes can lead to a sense of incapacity, a loss of control over one's own life, and a severe emotional breakdown.


YOUTH


Being a teenager is difficult enough, but the coronavirus disease

( COVID-19) is making it even more difficult. Many young people are losing out on some of the most important period of their lives due to school cancellations and cancelled events. Even those adolescents who are already employed but have lost their jobs due to the crisis have been severely impacted.


Know that you are not alone if you are scared , alone , or dissatisfied as a result of the epidemic . Here are some things you can do to practice self- care and protect your mental health.


  1. Recognize that your fear is perfectly normal in this time of pandemic.

  2. Make new connections with your pals.

  3. Concentrate on yourself.


BUSINESS


As large organizations in every industry struggle to respond to the economic repercussions of the crisis, employee's productivity is more crucial than ever. It's vital to look ahead and consider introducing new, inventive regulations to solve current business challenges that are likely to become the "new normal" without harming emotional health.


One method is to assist employees in managing uncertainty. These numerous methods, implemented through innovative employee engagement programs, will ensure that employees are empowered to manage stress. These initiatives are aimed to improve employees well - being in the short and long term, and include:


  1. A continual staff awareness program to promote hygiene through numerous communication channels within the firm.

  2. Motivating, inspiring, and energizing employees through motivational speakers, webinars with experts from diverse fields, and dedicated corporate communication channels.

  3. Counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists provide mental health support via dedicated helplines.

  4. A well-thought-out and open communications strategy for vital messaging and accurate information dissemination.

  5. New leave policies for employees.


Key message is that while everyone is grappling with the immediate and longterm effects of the COVID-19 pandemic/ epidemic remember:

  1. Take time for yourself. You need emotional and mental respite.

  2. Continue to look for new ways of delivering great services even though you may have to do the long way to get there or it may take more time to see results.

  3. Never forget God is in control of everything. Even when it looks like he is not working, even when it feels like he is not working, He is always working. So trust him and trust the process.