Mental health remains an important topic of discussion in the world today. The need to discuss how well we feel and act is now being felt more and more across countries. The coronavirus pandemic has given a hit to mental health awareness. As its impact can be felt among population of world countries more than ever before.
The World Health Organisation also says that its impact will be ‘long-term and far-reaching’. This statement draws its importance as more and more experts and leaders call for action on Covid-linked anxiety and stress.
“Everyone is affected in one way or another,” the WHO said in a statement at the start of a two-day meeting in Athens with health ministers from several countries.
It stresses that anxieties around virus transmission, the psychological impact of lockdowns and self-isolation contribute to a mental health crisis. It is complimented by stresses linked to unemployment, financial worries and social alienation.
“The mental health impacts of the pandemic will be long term and far-reaching,” the statement added.
The WHO’s regional director for Europe Hans Kluge also said that mental health should be considered a ‘fundamental human right’.
“More than four million lives lost globally, livelihoods ruined, families and communities forced apart, businesses bankrupted, and people deprived of opportunities.”
The world body now calls for strengthening of mental health services in general. It draws attention towards the improvement of access to care via technology and reducing stress.
It urges for better psychological support services in schools, universities, workplaces and for the front line workers.
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