Flattening the Curve in India:COVID-19 and the Rise of Mental Health Cases By Zenobia Ravji

Apr 17, 2020

The Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) has seen a rise in mental illness after the outbreak of COVID-19. According to a recent survey by the IPS, there has been a 20% rise in mental illness cases in India. The 21-day nationwide lockdown, which was announced by Prime Minister Modi to curb the spread of COVID-19, could potentially be a reason behind the rise in mental health issues. Furthermore, it is apparent that many people have lost their sense of security in these times of uncertainty. Thus, they are living in fear. They are afraid of losing their jobs, their financial security, their loved ones, and their well-being.