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New Delhi: A senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has hit the lives and livelihoods of the folks, in addition to causing concern and depression in them.

“Besides hitting lives and livelihoods, the pandemic is causing fear, anxiety, depression and stress among the people. Social distancing, isolation and coping with perpetually evolving and changing information about the virus have both triggered and aggravated the existing and pre-existing mental health conditions, which need urgent attention,” stated Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO, South-East Asia Region.

According to an announcement issued by the WHO, the South-East Asia area accounts for 39 per cent of the worldwide suicide mortality figures.

Singh emphasised that because the Covid-19 pandemic is nonetheless accelerating and impacting folks in a number of methods, it is important for nations in the South-East Asia area to pay higher consideration to psychological well being and suicide prevention.

Citing WHO South-East Asia Region’s Suicide Prevention Strategy, Singh stated that it is necessary to work in direction of offering complete, built-in and responsive psychological well being and social-care companies in community-based settings.

She insisted that the stigma related to Covid-19 may additionally result in emotions of isolation and depression. Citing the problem of home violence through the pandemic, Singh stated that one other precipitating issue impacting psychological well being amid Covid-19 may very well be home violence, which is reported to have elevated throughout lockdowns in the area.

“Early identification of mental health conditions, recognition of suicidal behaviours and appropriate management through a multi-sectoral approach is important, even as we continue to focus on arresting further spread of the pandemic,” stated Singh.

According to the WHO, nearly 800,000 lives are misplaced because of suicide yearly globally, which is additionally a serious reason behind dying among the younger folks aged between 15 and 29 years.

“Evidence shows that for each adult who dies of suicide, there are more than 20 others attempting suicide. The impact of suicide on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching,” stated the WHO assertion.