Covid taking a toll on mental health, Health News, ET HealthWorld

BHUBANESWAR: Ramesh Kumar Sahu (name changed), had started a canteen in an educational institute the city in January 2020. After a couple of months lockdown started and his business came to a halt. As uncertainty continued over reopening of educational centres, it led to financial distress for the 38-year-old Sahu. Finding no other option he tried to kill himself but survived and is undergoing treatment at a city hospital.

Anand (name changed) lost his job due to lockdown. It look a toll on his relationship with his wife and the death of a family member to Covid made him emotionally unstable. Depression and severe anxiety and panic attacks followed. He attempted suicide but thanks to the timely intervention of his family members, the 42-year-old has been rescued and is undergoing therapy. The ongoing Covid pandemic has triggered a range of mental disorders starting from anxiety to suicidal behaviour.

There are organisations in the city working on mental health issues and have launched campaigns to prevent suicidal attempts by people. Experts said creating awareness on depression, anxiety, staying alert and identifying signs of depression and timely intervention can check suicides around us.

“With one person committing suicide every 40 seconds around

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