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January-May 2020 Newsletter

Check out our quarterly newsletter for January-May of 2020! This is your go-to source for NNDC-IF news. Keep up with our organization’s activities, mental health resources, curated presentations and webinars, as well as opportunities for volunteer work and membership. This newsletter contains information about our new COVID-19 educational e-book, our new complimentary tele-counseling service, and webinars we’re conducting to inform and ease the public about the ongoing pandemic. We hope you enjoy reading this quarter’s newsletter!

September-December 2019 Newsletter

Check out our quarterly newsletter for September-December 2019! This is your go-to source for NNDC-IF news. Keep up with our organization’s activities, mental health resources, curated presentations and webinars, as well as opportunities for volunteer work and membership. This newsletter is particularly special, as it highlights one of our lifetime members, Dr. Sanjay Siddhartha. He visited India in November, and spent some time educating and spreading awareness with NNDC- India Foundation. He highlights his entire experience in this newsletter, as well as in the special edition video below. We hope you enjoy reading this special edition newsletter!

Introduction to NNDC-India Foundation

Check out our very first newsletter from August 2019! These newsletters are your go-to source for NNDC-IF news. Keep up with our organization’s activities, mental health resources, curated presentations and webinars, as well as opportunities for volunteer work and membership. Take a look for an introduction to NNDC- India Foundation, our experiences presenting on NNDC-IF at our first few conferences, teaching volunteers about mental health and first aid in trainings, and forming partnerships that will allow us to spread our message throughout India and the US. We hope you enjoy reading our first newsletter!

Our e-book, COVID-19: Mental Health Issues, is now here!

COVID-19: Mental Health Issues is a unique, hand-curated guide to understanding the virus and learning about its significant effects on mental health. It also includes factual, evidence-based resources and tips for taking care of your mental well-being during this time. Easy to navigate, this collection represents a broad spectrum of a variety of recent publications about COVID-19, with the primary content centered around related mental health issues. This guide addresses topics that range from understanding how to manage stress and anxiety during home isolation, to coping with the sickness of friends, relatives, or colleagues. It is free for everyone to read. If you’d like to your own copy, please email shosseini@nndcif.org

COVID-19, A Global War The Virus’ Effect on Mental Health By Zenobia Ravji

The pandemic of COVID-19 has directly affected the health and wellbeing of many around the world. In the midst of this global pandemic, there is much talk about the urgent need for personal protective equipment, respirators, and the need for continued testing. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have put out several tips and protocols to flatten the curve, such as social distancing. However, there is not much talk on the mental health crisis that has risen as a result of this pandemic.

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

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.

Fears, Outbreaks, and Pandemics: Lessons Learned

Infectious outbreaks have shaped the psyche of humanity for times immemorial. Epidemics and pandemics propagate fear and erratic behavior and, long after they are over, remain entrenched within the global psyche, often in the form of folk tale and literary or historical accounts. Naturally, logically, and unsurprisingly, the larger the scale of an outbreak, the larger the impact and magnitude of its sequelae. The black plague pandemic, starting in 1345, claimed up to 100 million lives and is still the topic of lively speculation and research to this day; the influenza pandemic of 1918 still receives attention. The Table summarizes major historical outbreaks, with estimated lives affected.

CDC Social Distancing

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has many specific tips and measures of precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Practicing social distancing limits the spread of the virus from one person to another. A standard distance is to maintain at least six feet between you and the next person. For more information and tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.