World Mental Health Day 2020: India Has Witnessed a Surge in Mental Health Issues

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On October 10, This Corona Year’s World Mental Health Days is very important our life. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. On September 12, a day before the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) was held across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

More people suicide this corona times, include students. Students are not the only group facing mental health challenges accentuated by Covid-19 pandemic. During the strict lockdown that the central government imposed in March to contain the spread of Covid-19, there were multitude of cases where hapless migrant workers ended their lives. A sudden and complete job loss triggered by the overnight implementation of the lockdown left them hopeless pushing them to take the extreme step.

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In several cases, people died by suicide out of fear of contracting Covid-19 and the stigmatisation that followed. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, many suicides were linked directly to sudden alcohol withdrawal as liquor shops were shut once the lockdown came into effect.

Data collected by independent researchers– Thejesh GN, Kanika Sharma, Krushna and Aman – by tracking media reports during the lockdown reveal that at least 133 people died by suicide due to fear of infection, loneliness, lack of freedom of movement and inability to go home. At least 49 people died due to factors linked to alcohol withdrawal and suicide.

The last six months of the coronavirus pandemic in India have seen a rise in mental health issues. Suicides have been reported from different parts of the country involving people from all occupations-from migrant workers and daily wagers, to frontline healthcare staff, students, farmers and celebrities, they have all been affected.

Consider the guilt of not being able to prevent a loved one from harming themselves. Pause and think about all the people in your life — family, friends and colleagues — and what they may agonise over. Feel the responsibility, love and affection that they have for you and reach out to them. Help is available to those who ask for it. There are a number of helplines, NGOs, walk-in clinics and support groups that you can access for psychological first-aid and guidance.

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