The COVID-19 outbreak has brought the whole world in lockdown mode, which has increased the concern of Doctors regarding people facing mental health issues due to COVID-19 lockdown. Humans are social creature and social isolation is somewhat new and is not familiar with the situation. In the last few weeks increase in the use of mental health apps have been seen.
The COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown, work from home and self-isolation are beginning to take a toll on mental health and are very capable of filling one with anxiety, fear, depression, loneliness, stress and some may experience PSTD symptoms.
With businesses, manufacturing and the corporate sector shut down most people are concerned about their financial and job security. People are having suicidal thoughts due to the fear of death by the coronavirus, there had been reports of suicidal death. Thousands of people are working from home, living alone away from home in PG’s, hostels or rented room, are anxious regarding their jobs, access to basic essentials and self-condemnation about being away from their family as no mode of transport is available during these time. People running the business are battling with anxiety as they are not able to deal with the uncertainty.
Sudden closure of schools, cancellation of exams, the prohibition of going out & interacting with friends had increased the risk of mental health and trauma in children and teenagers. Elderly and old age people are scared thinking lockdown will go on for months.
On Thursday Euroobserver reported, quoting Hans kluge, director of the European branch of WHO, ” Isolation, physical distancing, the closure of schools and workplaces are challenges that affect us, and it is natural to feel stress, anxiety, fear and loneliness at this time”.
World Health Organisation has issued few guidelines to cope with mental health issues:
Due to ongoing nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the government has launched a toll-free helpline number for people who may face any mental health. In the press briefing, Joint Secretary, the Ministry of Health said: “The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore has launched a toll-free number 08046110007.”