Welcome to 2021. In what feels like a never-ending marathon, we’re approaching the one-year mark of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.
For many, the start of a new year is typically a sign of hope and a fresh start. Unfortunately, COVID-19 hasn’t disappeared with the turn of the calendar. But the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, distributed to over 138,000 Coloradans so far, provide a huge push toward the finish line. In order to keep this momentum going, it’s important to consider where we’ve been, plan for where we want to go, and know that not everyone will emerge from this pandemic the same.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a model that reflects the emotional highs and lows we have experienced so far and charts a course for where we may be headed.
The Emotional Phases of Disaster and COVID-19
SAMHSA’s model was intended for use by mental health and human service workers during major disasters, but many will have experienced the same emotional phases during the pandemic. Community and individual reactions progress through six phases, which are characterized by both psychological and external events.