Today, the World Health Organization warned of the impact of infection with the emerging coronavirus (Covid 19) on mental health.
The organization said that the impact of Covid on mental and mental health will be “long-term and far-reaching”, while experts and leaders called for action on anxiety and stress related to the epidemic..
And she said, in a statement at the start of a two-day meeting in Athens with health ministers from dozens of countries: “Everyone is affected in one way or another. Concern about transmission of the virus and the psychological impact of closures and self-isolation contributed to causing a mental health crisis, along with pressures related to unemployment, financial fears and isolation. Social.
“The effects of the pandemic on mental health will be long-term and far-reaching,” she added.
Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, said mental health should be considered a “fundamental human right”, stressing that the virus had contributed to tearing people’s lives apart..
He told the conference: “The epidemic is the latest in the world. More than four million people worldwide have lost their lives, livelihoods have been destroyed, families and communities have been scattered, companies 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 urged the improvement of psychological support services in schools, universities, workplaces and workers on the front lines of the fight against Covid.
The ministers heard a 38-year-old Greek woman named Katrina told them that she had been receiving treatment for a mental disorder since 2002 and was coping well until the outbreak when she 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.