Rick Allen Gives Advice On How To Cope With PTSD During The Pandemic
During his appearance on the podcast Side Jams With Bryan Reesman, Def Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen has talked about the stressful psychological conditions caused by being isolated during the pandemic and gave his advice for the people suffering from PTSD on coping with isolation.
Also having battled with PTSD himself after a car crash, Rick Allen is known for his support for the people diagnosed with PTSD such as war veterans and military workers. He also is a founder of the charity work Raven Drum Foundation and has made appearances at various locations to sell paintings and to raise funds while meeting with his fans.
Knowing first-hand that quarantine has been difficult for people like him, Allen said in the podcast that isolation is a terrible thing, especially for PTSD survivors. He stated that isolation is the thing he talks about with wounded warriors most. Allen then advised them to use technology and reach out to somebody when in need. According to him, it is dangerous that the pandemic makes veterans want to isolate themselves and he added that he felt that early on in the pandemic.
He also mentioned his wife’s idea of ‘Big Love’ benefit concerts and claimed it helped him as it gave him a focus by helping those in need and making them feel happy or inspired. He included his thoughts on mental health awareness and suicide prevention days as he thinks it shouldn’t be just one month dedicated to these matters. Moreover, he said he had seen so much suffering throughout the pandemic, so the whole year should be dedicated to mental health awareness.
In the podcast Side Jams With Bryan Reesman, Rick Allen’s words were:
“The thing that we talk about when I’m together with wounded warriors is isolation. Use technology. You’ve got it all at your fingertips. Reach out to somebody that you feel is worse off than you, and then reach up to somebody that you feel is further along than you. The thing about the whole COVID thing is veterans would start to isolate again, and that’s dangerous. I felt that early on in the pandemic. And then my wife Lauren came up with this idea of ‘Big Love’ benefit concerts.
That really helped me because it gave me a focus and that just kind of carried through to where I was like, just be of service and just whatever you can help do it. It doesn’t cost me anything to make people feel happy or inspired. So, that’s been a huge topic. Mental health awareness and suicide prevention — those two months are back to back. It should be every day. It shouldn’t be just one month is dedicated to this or another month dedicated to this. The whole year should be dedicated to that because I’ve seen so much suffering during this time.“
Being a mental health awareness advocate, Rick Allen’s suggestions seem on point as depression and suicide rates have risen, and the number of people who are diagnosed with psychological disorders has increased during the pandemic.