Covid-19: To Cope with Stress, depression pick new hobbies says Mental Experts


Yasmeen Manzoor

Srinagar, June15 (KNB): At a time, when the whole globe is struggling to combat the deadly Covid-19 for life, a huge spike in the cases of depression, anxiety and even suicide is being witnessed where Mental Health of every single person is need of the hour as it is undeniable that mental illness not only effect the individual but a whole society as well aggravating social alienation, thereby leading to an increase in bystander apathy.

The pandemic has not only worsen the physical health and economy of people, but it has also badly effected the mental health of whole mankind as rising cases of patients suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and even now a constant peak in suicide cases is being witnessed, those too of not only common mass but of famous personalities also falling badly in its clutches.

“Being socially connected to others can ease stress, anxiety, and depression, boost self-worth and even add years to ones life, lacking any of these can pose a serious risk to mental and emotional health as mental health is just as important as physical health is extremely vital not only because the effects of mental ailments are felt strongly by the body, but also because mental disorders like depression increase the risks of suicide, which we witness nowadays at a constant rise.” told Dr Ghulam Rasool Malik to Kashmir News Bureau.

“Undoubtedly, Coronavirus has its worst effect on mental health of all of us, but people are facing these kind of mental issues which ultimately lead to suicide due to the general lack of importance and attention given to them from their close ones. Mental disorders take a toll on both the people and the society as well, poor mental health causes absenteeism, poor relationships, anxiety, weak decision making leading to a fall in the welfare of the whole society and the individual,” he further said.

Mental health is indeed the need of the hour, whether of students, employees, general public and even famous personalities where it has become an important area of concern as a constant spike of being mentally ill is every where, however, consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic had also risk factors for such illness leading to suicide attempt due to prolonged isolation, a down economy with massive job losses, experts revealed.

In an awful way, Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput recently died of suicide who was reportedly suffering from depression as he was receiving treatment for the same for the past six months. With his suicide, mental health has started to receive renewed focus as this is the second suicide death of a famous personalities in the month of June.

In the same way, many such cases were from common masses also as in the past three month around 231 farmers’ committed suicides across the country taking badly in its grip many students, teen-agers, employees and even persons from defence.

Earlier, In a shocking incident, a 56-year-old IRS officer allegedly committed suicide over fear of spreading coronavirus or COVID-19 to his family and ended his life by drinking an acid-like substance in his car in Dwarka area of the national capital.

While as, two CRPF officers a Sub-Inspector from Anantnag district and and an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of CRPF posted with the 49th battalion in Srinagar, committed suicide in the Kashmir valley by shooting themselves dead with the service rifles.

Pertinently, Researchers across the globe have stated that the greatest risk which depression poses is that it creates a self-perpetuating cycle of unhealthy lifestyle where a depressed individual fails to lead a normal lifestyle which in turn gives more fuel for the illness within, however, on the risk factors among people with mental disorders is urgent in the efforts to predict and prevent suicide death.(KNB)

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