Approximately, 20% of Americans experienced a mental health condition prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since quarantine restrictions began, this number is estimated to have increased and many individuals have not been treated for their conditions. Socially isolated populations have difficulties seeking care, yet treatment solutions must be determined. Untreated conditions slowly deteriorate their quality of life and worse, lead to suicide. Previous research investigates self-care interventions for socially isolated teenage and elderly populations. Limited research concerning young adult mental health exists and interventions for other age groups cannot be generalized onto young adult populations due to distinct physical and mental life stages. This rapid systematic review aimed to identify self-care interventions that socially isolated individuals can use to combat their symptoms or conditions of loneliness, depression, or anxiety. Of the 1,088 articles retrieved from the PubMed and PSYCInfo searches, eight articles were included in the final sample and analyzed. The data extracted from the selected studies included subject demographics, completed mental health scales and surveys or questionnaires, and subject-reported intervention habits. The studies revealed that socially isolated individuals would engage in self-care interventions of their preference. Consistent engagement in preferred interventions led to the development of psychological resilience and reinforced their willingness to continue engaging in intervention behaviors that improved their quality of life. The findings of this review suggest the need for further research surrounding young adult mental health, particularly into non-physical activity related self-care interventions and an exploration into the benefits of the virtual world.
Siddiqui, Faraz, "Self-Care Interventions for Socially Isolated Individuals Experiencing Depression, Anxiety, or Loneliness" (2022). Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations. Presentation 459.