Isolation draws people to mental health issues – FBC News

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Social isolation led to a massive increase in mental health issues during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A scientific note published by the World Health Organization indicates that in the first year of the pandemic, the global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25%.

One of the main explanations for this increase is the unprecedented stress caused by social isolation resulting from the pandemic.

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Loneliness, fear of infection, suffering and dying for self and loved ones, grief after bereavement, and financial worries were also all cited as stressors leading to anxiety and depression. .

Among health workers, exhaustion was a major trigger for suicidal thoughts.

Related to this were constraints on people’s ability to work, seek support from loved ones, and engage in their communities.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, said this was a wake-up call for all countries to pay more attention to mental health and do a better job of supporting the mental health of their populations.

In Fiji, we have already had counselors and mental health specialists who have had to work overtime to meet the increased need for their services.

Job loss, family issues, domestic violence, school disruption and health issues have topped the list in Fiji for the past two years.

Employers in Fiji are also helping their staff by providing mental health support and frontline workers have been the most affected in the country.

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