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COVID-19’s effect on mental health: WHO

By Ishika Sahni

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that COVID19 the ongoing pandemic has affected million people's mental health. In a virtual press briefing held in Geneva on Thursday, there Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “For many people, the lack of social interaction caused by the pandemic has had a profound effect on their mental health”.

Xinhua news agency also reported that The Chief of WHO said that people in long term facilities like care homes and psychiatric institutions also have a high risk of spreading infection of COVID19. Mental health professionals have also been affected and suffering from Coronavirus and in many places, mental health facilities have been closed and they are converted into treatment facilities for the COVID19 patients.

Mental health was a very neglected issue before this pandemic COVID19 but after this more than a billion people are suffering from mental illness. Many people are getting treated for this mental health. People with low income also getting mental health issues. Tedros noted people with mental, neurological and substance use disorder received no treatment for their conditions at all. Tedros declares that on Mental health day, the WHO together with its partner organizations World federation for Mental health and United for global Mental health would call for useful investments in mental health which came on October 10.

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