Whether we accept it or not, the Covid-19 pandemic has compelled each of us to contend with an unprecedented state of hypervigilance and uncertainty. In many of us, this has led to a lingering sense of anxiety, emptiness, fear and a sense of isolation with associated risks of somatisation and poor overall health. Since this is a global phenomenon, various public health institutions have released toolkits
to help adults maintain good mental health. The situation is arguably more serious in India, given that mental health is still associated with social stigma. According to a study
, 56% of young adults report symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, 25% report substance use and 26% suicidal thoughts. Another study reported that the 65% of senior citizens report symptoms of depressive disorder. Anecdotal evidence suggests that symptoms of poor mental health are rampant in those impacted by the virus, their caregivers and frontline workers.
If you need help, you are not alone.