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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.

Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting new and unique major challenges. We are navigating unchartered waters with this virus making it important to find new ways to work and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being.
Many are teleworking full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends and family.
​Our daily living routines are disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress. Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being. As we protect ourselves against potential exposure to the Coronavirus, keep in mind that social distancing does not mean social isolation. This resource provides practical tips on taking care of our mental health and well-being.

MGH Psychiatry Guide to Mental Health Resources for COVID-19

The unprecedented circumstances surrounding the emergence of COVID-19 have created a great deal of stress and uncertainty for many patients, families, communities and healthcare providers. As resources for addressing these issues proliferate, it can be confusing to find, evaluate, or sort through all of the available information. To address this need for our community, the MGH Department of Psychiatry has put together a curated set of resources with a particular emphasis on materials that will be of use to providers and those they serve. Some of these resources have been developed by members of our department while others are drawn from elsewhere but gathered here and annotated for ease of use.

Caring for Patients’ Mental Well-Being During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Guide for Clinicians

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the potential for rapid and far-reaching spread of new infectious diseases is a growing threat. Especially in the early stages of an emerging infectious disease outbreak such as Coronavirus (COVID-19), there is frequently a great deal of uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its spread, and its scope and impact. This may lead to significant and understandable emotional distress, even among those who have not been, and don’t know if they will be, directly exposed to the disease.