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Shared Experiences: Living alone and single during the pandemic

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We know by now that the pandemic has impacted everyone's mental health at one point or another as it's progressed over the past 1.5+ years. But what about for someone who's been living alone and single throughout this time? 

For this episode of our Shared Experiences series, we caught up with Cait, a young professional, who experienced COVID-19 without a partner or roommate by her side. Some of us have had the chance to lean on those in our immediate household but it's been different for Cait. As an extrovert, when the pandemic first hit, she found it emotionally devastating and it left her feeling trapped. Cait also faced a lot of anxiety from all the time she potentially lost to meeting someone she can share her life with as the restrictions were in full swing, preventing her from making new connections. 

Many of us have experienced a mental health rollercoaster throughout the course of the pandemic and Cait opens up about what it's been like for her personally here: 

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Brought to you by real people with real stories, our Shared Experiences series shines light on the mental health struggles we all commonly face. 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness in a given year and by the time someone reaches 40, the prevalence is 1 in 2 and many don't reach out for help.
 At MindBeacon, we strive to change that. Care to share your story and help others remember they're not alone? Reach out to community@mindbeacon.com to play your part in removing the stigma. 

If you're struggling, we're here to help. Reach out to us or visit us here to complete your assessment if you're ready to start your therapy journey. 

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