Raising Awareness about Mental Illnesses Caused by COVID

A SHORT INTRO ON MENTAL ILLNESSES

  • A mental illness is a condition in which the body, mind and behavior of a person are influenced , aspect which is producing changes regarding these parts of a human being life

  • If a mental illness is untreated, it can have negative impacts on daily life, the ability to work and relate with other people , in particular with family and close friends

  • The pandemic produced changes regarding the occurrence of mental illnesses during the starting period of it in some countries , such as Denmark, China, Spain, Italy, Iran, Turkey, Nepal and the USA.


HOW TO HELP PEOPLE WILL MENTAL ILLNESSES DUE TO COVID

  • Talking and listening different aspects of mental health problems

  • Limiting the time spent on social media platforms when is the case

  • Looking after their well-being by verifying if they take their pills or how they feel

  • Staying in touch with them through phone calls and text messages

  • Doing hobbies together in a safely manner

  • Learning together new things

  • Talking about the importance of sleep and physical activities with them, help them to avoid consuming drugs, alcohol or other substances which can affect in a negative ways their mental illness, coming with them to see a specialist, showing empathy, help them with daily tasks

INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUR WORKSPACE

  • Providing materials and messages about mental illnesses, such as anxiety , depression and post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Offering conditional screening regarding mental illness

  • Encouraging the use of helplines

  • Presentations and training regarding mental illnesses

  • Providing a flexible scheduling for workers in order to participate in beneficial activities for their mental health, such as yoga, meditation, and self-help groups

  • Creating a mental health group which is specializing in helping employers who are returning at work after a period of healing

  • Providing employee assistance coordinators to help obtain information about resources in the community

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