Mental Health Timeline of COVID-19 Disaster

  1. Active Disaster Phase:                         (March 2020 – June 2020)
  • Continuous critical incident / life threatening situation
  • Surge of mental health challenges, panic, addictions, abuse, anxiety
  • Critical need for safety and preserving life by preventing exposure to virus, (for self, coworkers, family, and extended family)
  • Survival level managing basic needs, (water, food, medical, safe housing, toilet paper)


  1. Recovery Phase:                                  (July 2020 – December 2020)
  • Managing emotional pressure of complicated grief, loss & the psychological surge of emotion as new losses are revealed
  • Finding and building supports, researching & gathering available resources & supportive relationships without risk of infection
  • Structure returns with beginning of former life patterns, routines & schedules, while adding in new holiday traditions


  1. Rebuilding Phase:                              (January 2021 – January 2022)
  • Stair step process of responsible choices to achieve life balance and continued wellness, larger family traditions begin to return
  • Restoring security and balanced lifestyle (physical-emotional-spiritual-relational-financial) with new appreciation for meaning in life
  • Deeper relational and community connection from mentally resilient individuals who have walked through the disaster together

One of us is not as strong as all of us… together we will grow through crisis and build community. Breathe in Faith – Breathe out Fear.

Dwight Bain

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