WHO warns of long-term impact of Covid on mental health


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                The World Health Organization said Thursday, July 22, 2021 that the impact of COVID on mental health will be "long-term and far-reaching", as experts and leaders called for action on anxiety and stress related to the pandemic.

                                    <p>"Everyone is affected in one way or another... Concern about transmission of the virus and the psychological impact of lockdowns and self-isolation" have contributed to a mental health crisis, along with associated stresses, the World Health Organization said in a statement at the start of a two-day meeting in Athens with health ministers from dozens of countries. Unemployment, financial fears and social isolation.  "The effects of the pandemic on mental health will be long-term and far-reaching," the statement 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.

“The pandemic 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, businesses have gone bankrupt and people have been deprived of opportunities,” he told the conference.

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.

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.



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