Severe mental health issues await Keralites post-coronavirus pandemic, claim experts


All those who lost their jobs and running small scale enterprises would look at their future rather anxiously.

Kochi: Mental health experts claim that the mental stress and anxiety among Keralites would be above the national average post the coronavirus pandemic. Even after the floods, the mental stress felt by people in Kerala was above the national average. The stress would be the result of post-pandemic thoughts.

One of the major challenges that people in Kerala would face post the pandemic would be anxiety. All those who lost their jobs and running small scale enterprises would look at their future rather anxiously. Even the small hurdles that they face while trying to recapture their lives would affect them adversely. Experts say that would need counseling to get back to their normal state of mind.

National Mental Health Survey states that the average number of suicides in Kerala is double the National average. And also that the percentage of people in Kerala who had to experience extreme mental stress stands at 14.4 percent.

“From the phone calls that we get, it is clear that a lot of people are scared of the coronavirus outbreak. The uncertainty of the future caused by the lockdown has created anxiety in a lot of people. And efforts for counseling them are put in place as their numbers are on the rise” says Dr Soumya Raj, Mental Health nodal officer.

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