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Coronavirus Outbreak: Importance Of Mental Health Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic 

The pandemic has brought great socio-economic uncertainties, giving rise to increased anxiety, depression, addiction and suicide the world over

Coronavirus Outbreak: Importance Of Mental Health Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic
Highlights
  • Mental health plays a very crucial role in fighting COVID-19
  • The pandemic has brought great socio-economic uncertainties
  • The COVID 19 pandemic will help us realise the importance of a healthy mind

New Delhi: Mental health plays a very crucial role in fighting COVID-19. Owing to the pandemic, many countries including India have implemented various social distancing measures. This has lead to disruptions to people’s to daily routines, as most are restricted from even stepping out of their houses. The pandemic has brought great socio-economic uncertainties, giving rise to increased anxiety, depression, addiction and suicide the world over.

The lockdown extension in India has made people live in fear of losing their businesses, jobs, earnings, savings or even basic resources.

Nishant Rao, a venture capitalist is lucky to be able to handle stress but it’s a tough time for many startups and employees globally. Mr. Rao, the Founding Partner of Avataar Ventures told NDTV,

Mental health is going to a very important issue going forward. Everyone deals with crisis and stress differently but I don’t think everyone is equipped differently. So, I think people need some outlet and mental health will become a more important issue for every company and individual going forward.

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InnerHour is an app that offers a range of clinical tools and self-help psychological activities, topical content and webinars, bot-based check-ins and voice/video therapy sessions in seven Indian languages. The co-founder of the app that provides mental health discussions a platform, Dr Amit Malik says,

What we are seeing since corona broke out is almost 40-45 per cent increase of the app download of the Innerhour app. We are also seeing an increase of 60-65 per cent increase of number of people taking therapy, also an increase in the number of female users. There are large number of cases being reported like of anxiety, OCD, there is health anxiety especially, fear for your loved ones and relationship difficulty.

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The elderly and children have also been impacted. Dr Parneet Sidhu, Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, Fortis Hospital, Mohali told NDTV,

For the elderly there is helplessness and loneliness and even children routine has changed from what it was like regular school, meeting friends. This could lead to stress related issues and irritability and it is natural to feel stressed but following the mental health pyramid of  eating, exercising and sleeping is important. Exercise for 40 minutes, eat healthy food and not junk, packaged food and good sleep. This is about social and not emotional distancing so stay connected with loved ones.

The COVID 19 pandemic will help us realise the importance of a healthy mind. While the sanitisers, disinfectants and masks may keep the infection at bay, but it’s our calm mind that will fight the feeling of uncertainty and anxiety.

World

24,20,23,922Cases
20,36,06,535Active
3,34,95,808Recovered
49,21,579Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,20,23,922 and 49,21,579 have died; 20,36,06,535 are active cases and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 4:33 am.

India

3,41,27,450 18,454Cases
1,78,831 733Active
3,34,95,808 17,561Recovered
4,52,811 160Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,27,450 confirmed cases including 4,52,811 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,831 and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,96,645 1,825

29,333 1,075

64,27,426 2,879

1,39,886 21

Kerala

48,79,790 11,150

83,333 2,476

47,69,373 8,592

27,084 82

Karnataka

29,84,484 462

9,103 26

29,37,405 479

37,976 9

Tamil Nadu

26,90,633 1,170

14,058 268

26,40,627 1,418

35,948 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,810 523

5,566 88

20,41,924 608

14,320 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,058 11

112 6

16,87,048 17

22,898

West Bengal

15,82,813 867

7,491 63

15,56,315 795

19,007 9

Delhi

14,39,466 25

310 12

14,14,066 37

25,090

Odisha

10,36,532 559

4,387 106

10,23,849 451

8,296 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,735 34

185 3

9,91,979 36

13,571 1

Rajasthan

9,54,393 1

38 0

9,45,401 1

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,340 14

176 9

8,16,077 22

10,087 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,709 9

82 3

7,82,104 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,116 15

133 7

7,60,934 8

10,049

Bihar

7,26,036 3

30 12

7,16,345 15

9,661

Telangana

6,69,556 191

3,968 28

6,61,646 162

3,942 1

Assam

6,07,427 308

3,610 25

5,97,859 282

5,958 1

Punjab

6,02,113 32

232 16

5,85,331 15

16,550 1

Jharkhand

3,48,486 25

142 14

3,43,209 11

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,773 8

176 1

3,36,199 6

7,398 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,299 78

800 3

3,26,070 80

4,429 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,936 110

1,394 46

2,16,815 64

3,727

Goa

1,77,706 47

597 23

1,73,755 70

3,354

Puducherry

1,27,521 42

461 29

1,25,208 71

1,852

Manipur

1,22,970 71

1,360 2

1,19,706 66

1,904 3

Mizoram

1,15,207 741

10,263 505

1,04,548 1,243

396 3

Tripura

84,351 2

95 7

83,440 9

816

Meghalaya

83,158 79

761 21

80,958 58

1,439

Chandigarh

65,312 2

24 1

64,468 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,043 12

138 7

54,625 19

280

Sikkim

31,800 17

175 6

31,232 22

393 1

Nagaland

31,659 18

255 8

30,728 10

676

Ladakh

20,886 3

34 0

20,644 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

2 2

10,670 2

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 1

7,510 1

129

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