COVID 19 and Emotional Health: PSYCHIATRISTS Views and contributions -April 6,2020
During the last few days, mental health professionals have shared their experiences and concerns about the emotional health of the population exposed to the pandemic.
The full articles, audios and videos are posted in the SENSE MAKING section of the blogpost.
In addition, a number of professionals have shared their suggestions for emotional health as audios and videos. These are not comprehensive list and I know that there are many more such activities. It is hoped that making available in this blog would help wider availability.
In an editorial in the Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health by Professor Santosh Chaturvedi(http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40737-020-00162-z.
Prof.Chaturvedi, points out,
‘ The philosophy of mental health rehabilitation focuses on helping the person deal with their social skills deficits through social skills training and encouraging social interactions and reducing social distances. The home quarantine and closing down of day care facilities is likely to have a negative impact on their clinical outcome with a risk of aggravation of symptoms and even a relapse’.
In an another Editorial in Journal Indian Association Child Adolescent Mental Health( 2020;16(2):1-12)Drs. Tanu Gupta and Naresh Nebhinani , titled, Building Psychological Immunity in Children and Adolescents, cover the subject extensively. The editorial covers the social changes, measures that can be utilised for building psychological immunity. This comprehensive article is very timely for the current stressful situation.
Article from Kashmir titled ‘Covid-19: Mental health, fear and anxiety by Dr.Sheikh Shoib’
(http://risingkashmir.com/news/covid-19-mental-health-fear-and-anxiety) cover the emotional health impact of the pandemic.
‘Corona virus is not just threatening our physical health, but our mental health too. It definitely has an impact on your mental health and can cause anxiety and fear. It is important to focus on self-care and also mental health support’ .He shares many self-care skills for emotional health.
Dr.Vikram Patel Interview by Sheela Bhatt in Rediffnews.Com (Apr 2, 2020) under the title
‘Begin a gradual lifting of the lockdown’ focusses on the impact of lockdown on the poor and marginalised groups. He calls early resumption of economic activities so that the vulnerable groups are protected.’
Dr.Lakshmi Vijayakumar (The Hindu, April 4m, 2020)
Dr.Rajjev Gupta, takes a global view of the pandemic and calls for attention to issues like climate change and coordinated global action.
Dr.Vihang Vahia (audio from the video posted in Whatsapp group, as video link was not available) presents many activities of self-care that is easy to practice towards mastering anxiety and fear.
The following set of videos present the many aspects of mental health care.
A doctor’s advice on how to stay mentally healthy during the COVID 19 lockdown(Rajya SabhaTV) April 1 2020
Beat lockdown blues by learning new skills, suggests psychotherapist
Mental Health by Dr. Kersi Chavda
Self-care during Pandemics and Lock-down (Mental Health) by Dr. R.S. Karkal, Karnataka
Mind Specialists videos
Healthy ways to cope with COVID 19 anxiety
In Hindi- Mastering anxiety
Coping with apprehensions about future related to COVID 19
Managing the apprehensions about COVID 19 and future.
It is hoped that future blogs will bring other initiatives by mental health professionals.