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The Rockin' Rev January 2021

2021
Happy New Year Everyone!ROCKIN REV

It’s good to begin a new year with hope, but few of us have left 2020 unscathed by the coronavirus pandemic
 
For example, recent surveys reveal that nearly half of us, 48%, put on weight during lockdown
 
Millions of us turned to alcohol or drugs. Public Health England reports that one in five of us aged 45-74 are now drinking more than 21 units a week. The Royal College of Psychiatrists expresses alarm at the rapid rise in patients whose alcohol or drug use led to a decline in their mental health in 2020
 
Children have suffered. Childline had nearly 43,000 calls from young people between March and October last year. Cyber bullying has soared, with one in three children being bullied during the pandemic, according to the Anti-Bullying Alliance
 
For millions of pensioners, Covid-19 hit the fast-forward button on ageing, according to Age UK. Lockdown left old people frightened. This was accompanied by a loss of their confidence, mobility and even functions such as memory
 
Suicidal thoughts soared during lockdown, with the number of people seeking help tripling, to stand at more than a quarter of a million. The Royal College of Psychiatrists warn that mental health services are now overflowing with patients struggling to cope with anxiety, psychosis and depression
 
I recently discovered that The Cambridge Dictionary named “quarantine” as its “Word of the Year” for 2020. Apparently, it was the most looked up word between January and October of last year. I imagine that the words “‘pandemic” and “lockdown” weren’t too far behind
 
The Cambridge Dictionary has also added a new meaning to the word “quarantine” which reads, “A general period of time in which people are not allowed to leave their homes or travel freely, so that they do not catch or spread a disease”


Rev Brian Hall

Vicar, St Andrew’s Church

 

also published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 


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