Counsellors offer tele-counselling amid coronavirus quarantine
Alappuzha: “I am COVID-19 positive, husband in isolation. We are in quarantine. My in-laws and small children are staying in the same house. I can’t even sleep” said a Malayali nurse from UK on phone. Counselling psychologist Anju Lakshmi says most of the calls from aboard are on such issues.
The mental stress in the time of COVOID-19 is on the increase. Psychologists say they are receiving many distress calls from abroad and within the country. Counsellors are also receiving calls via Skype.
“Many are scared even to go to job. Yesterday I received a WhatsApp message. ‘It is said those who suffer from breathlessness will catch coronavirus easily. I am an asthma patient. Will I get corona?’ This was a doubt asked by a middle-aged man. People are so panicky,” says motivation speaker and trainer Toms Antony.
A young woman, who had arrived home to get married, called up. Her marriage was postponed. She was not sad because of it. She was put in isolation but after she tested negative, they went to buy gold for marriage. But the family was asked to leave the shop when the shop owner came to know that she was a foreign country returnee. This humiliation was intolerable for her, he added.
Though many are safe abroad, they are worried about their family here. Many panic even when they suffer slight fever. Also remaining indoors for long period affects mental health of some people.
“They are not worried about food or anything but how to pass time,” said psychology department professor at Alappuzha Medical College Dr Varghese P Punnoose.