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World Mental Health Day: One in two Individuals say COVID-19 is Affecting their Psychological well-being

The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting the emotional health of one from two individuals, a new survey has found.

Just more than half — 51 percent — of the 3,500 respondents surveyed over seven nations by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said that the worldwide health crisis has affected their psychological wellbeing.

“The COVID-19 health crisis has exacerbated the emotional distress of countless individuals already living through disasters and conflicts. Lockdown limitations, a reduction of social interaction, and financial pressures are all affecting people’s psychological health and access to care,” ICRC’s director-general Robert Mardini stated in a declaration.

“Mental health is equally as important as physical health, particularly in emergencies, when emotional health needs are particularly crucial,” he added.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), near to a billion individuals globally have a psychological illness with depression a primary cause of sickness and handicap.

Dr. Hans Kluge, the leader of WHO’s European Office, worried that as funds were reallocated to take care of the virus, “mental health services were radically disrupted” throughout the Old Continent.

“From worries around virus transmission as well as the emotional effect of quarantine and self-isolation into the consequences of unemployment, monetary stresses, and social exclusion — that the psychological health effect will likely be long term and far-reaching. And, it’s extremely obvious that although affected otherwise, no age or demographic group was spared,” he added.

He noted that the pandemic had enhanced awareness of mental health problems that”provides an exceptional opportunity for increased investment in supplying these services in the neighborhood level and in initiatives which fight stigma and notify communities”

Also, he emphasized that COVID-19 had revealed the capacity of electronic mental wellbeing options.

She flagged that before the outbreak, one in six Europeans suffered from a psychological illness and stated the psychological health of younger generations is of concern.

“We will need to address this desperately to prevent at any cost, a missing COVID creation,” she explained.

“It’s clear that we are worried and worried, concerned about the current and the near future. We must work together to handle the psychological in addition to the physical effects if this outbreak. We shouldn’t shy away from asking for help be it, for a relative, a friend or colleague,” she proceeded.