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UN chief warns psychological suffering from virus is growing

UN chief warns psychological suffering from virus is growing”

Speaking to the media, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a warning calling for urgent action to address the psychological suffering brought on by the pandemic.

"It is now crystal clear that mental health needs must be treated as a core element of our response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic", Tedros said. Also Read - Metro, Four-wheelers, Private Offices to Reopen Post May 17? The organisation behind the postponed Mental Health & Wellbeing Show in Cardiff recognise the importance of this and have chose to organise a new virtual conference to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week which starts on 18th May! It enables us to lead rich and fulfilling lives and to participate in our communities. "We must help them and stand by them", Mr Guterres said.

Support for community actions that strengthen social cohesion and reduce loneliness, particularly for the most vulnerable, such as older people, must continue.

"Rapid implementation of these recommended actions will be essential to ensure people and societies are better protected from the mental health impact of COVID-19", the United Nations said. Policies must support and care for those affected by mental health conditions, and protect their human rights and dignity.

"The mental health and well-being of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently", Ms. Kestel said.

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Other groups that are at particular risk are women, particularly those who are juggling home-schooling, working from home and household tasks, older persons and people with pre-existing mental health conditions.

"All of this is part of a much wider pandemic health response plan", Hunt said.

"So, one of the most important things we can do is to provide mental health support", he said.

All this is understandable, given the many uncertainties facing people, the United Nations policy brief notes, before identifying the growing use of addictive coping strategies, including alcohol, drugs, tobacco and online gaming.

At the same time, vast numbers of people have lost or are at risk of losing their livelihoods, have been socially isolated and separated from loved ones, and, in some countries, have experienced stay-at-home orders implemented in drastic ways. Children too, face anxiety as they are kept out of schools. And frequent misinformation and rumours about the pandemic and deep uncertainty about how long it will last are making people feel anxious and hopeless about the future. "Emotional difficulties among children and adolescents are exacerbated by family stress, social isolation, with some facing increased abuse, disrupted education and uncertainty about their futures".



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