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Covid 19 pandemic: 13,451 health care workers sought counselling till July 2021

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 6

Around 13,451 health care workers reached out to the institutional psychological support system of the Central government during the period of the pandemic, indicating a high level of stress through the time of the disease.

The Ministry of Health informed Lok Sabha today that the NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences) Bengaluru received calls from 13,451 health care workers since it was set up in March 2020 to address the gaping gap in mental health counselling in the wake of the raging Covid 19 pandemic and the strains it was causing.

Earlier in the pandemic, several deaths by suicide had been recorded among patients on account of the pressures the disease was exerting.

“Anticipating the impact COVID-19 may have on the mental health of the people, including doctors, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, through National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, setup a 24/7 Helpline in March, 2020 itself, to provide professional psychosocial support, to those in need. The said psychosocial support targeted different groups, namely, children, adults, elderly, women and health care workers. The counselling services through this Helpline are being provided 24/7 in nine different languages. As per the report of NIMHANS, Bengaluru, 13,451 calls were received from healthcare workers upto July, 2021,” the government said in Parliament today.

The government was answering questions on support systems for doctors.

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