“Everyone is affected in one way or another… Concern about transmission of the virus and the psychological impact of closures and self-isolation” have contributed to a mental health crisis along with the pressures associated with unemployment, said a statement by the organization at the start of a two-day meeting in Athens with health ministers from dozens of countries. Financial worries and social isolation. “The effects of the epidemic on mental health will be long-term and far-reaching,” he added.
The World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said mental health should be considered a “fundamental human right,” noting that the virus had contributed to tearing people’s lives apart. He added to the conference that “the epidemic has shaken the world…More than four million people worldwide have lost their lives, livelihoods have been destroyed, families and communities have been scattered, businesses have gone bankrupt and people have been deprived of opportunities.”
The World Health Organization called for strengthening mental health services in general and improving access to care using technology. She also urged the improvement of psychological support services in schools, universities, workplaces and workers on the front lines of the fight against Covid, as reported by Agence France-Presse.
The ministers heard a 38-year-old Greek woman, Katrina, who told them that she had been receiving treatment for a mental disorder since 2002 and had been coping well until the outbreak and was no longer able to attend personal support groups and could not see her father, forcing her to increase her medication. . “The pressure of social isolation has led to increased anxiety,” she said.