AICC secretary says coronavirus has taken a beating in a big way on mental health across the nation

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SHIMLA: All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary and former cabinet minister Sudhir Sharma said that coronavirus has taken a beating in a big way on mental health across the nation.
He said it is estimated that there has been more than 15,000 to 20,000 suicidal deaths due to Covid-19 till today which have gone un-noticed. More than four months into the Corona pandemic, the country is on the verge of another health crisis, with daily doses of death, isolation and fear generating widespread psychological trauma, he added.
Sudhir Sharma, in a statement, said that many experts warn that a historic wave of mental-health problems is approaching like depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. He said that many medicinal data shows depression and anxiety already roiling around in the entire nation.
He said that union government and state governments in their fight against this deadly pandemic are not giving funds or doing something concrete towards this aftermath virus of Covid-19 mental healthcare. Now in major metros the Coronavirus is spreading in the community with over 3,54,000 cases and nearly 11,920 deaths in the country as of June17, he added.
He said that interestingly government is continuing to insist that there is no community spread is misleading and gives people the false hope that they are protected. He said this false trust is leading to more and more mental health cases.
“At this juncture if people cannot trust their government when there are a relatively high number of cases, how will they trust their government when the number of cases starts increasing in smaller towns also,” he said, adding that it is better to plan for the worst and hope for the best.
He said now it is fact that the coronavirus pandemic has brought with it stress and anxiety. He said that according to a Covid-19 survey anxiety, depression, overeating and physical inactivity have emerged as top concerns among Indians during the crisis. He said that even people who have never dealt with anxiety or depression are suddenly experiencing those.
He said that according to online survey the user search behavior on internet reveals that the search for the term 'suicide' peaked right after lockdown was announced in India. It spiked again when it was extended for the third time.
He said that suicide is reportedly the second leading cause of non-coronavirus deaths in India during the lockdown, according to the survey. The researchers found that 168 of the 326 non-Covid-19 deaths till mid of May (51%) were suicides.

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