Covid-19 Causing Increased Anxiety, Depression in S.East Asia Region, Says WHO

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The World Health Organization on Thursday urged the countries in the South-East Asia region to focus more on mental health and suicide prevention.

As per Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia region, the pandemic is causing fear, anxiety, depression, and stress among people by hitting lives and livelihoods.

“Hitting lives and livelihoods, the pandemic is causing fear, anxiety, depression and stress among people. Social distancing, isolation and coping with perpetually evolving and changing information about the virus has both triggered and aggravated existing and pre-existing mental health conditions which need urgent attention,” Singh said in a statement.

Singh also pointed out that the stigma attached to Covid-19 infection may also lead to the feeling of isolation and depression.

The WHO South-East Asia Region accounts for 39% of global suicide mortality, Singh said.

“Though preventable, suicide is a serious public health problem. Survivors of suicide attempts and their family often face stigma and discrimination in many forms. The impact of suicide on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching,” Singh noted.

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