Mental health helpline for people affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Mental Health Helpline

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in unprecedented challenges to all countries across the world. The difference in magnitude of infected cases and mortality reflects the capacity, preparedness and political commitment of different countries. The pandemic has also underlined the need for inter-sectoral coordination and collaboration among all key stakeholders (nationally and internationally) to combat this major public health challenge.

This pandemic and ensuing lockdowns have touched the lives of all and is a major source of stress to the general public including the highly mobile youth who are confined in homes, the middle aged, the elderly, vulnerable women and children who are more at risk, the law enforcement personnel and last but not the least the Health care workers.  Long-term exposure to mental trauma may result in triggering of psychological issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, psychological distress, anxiety and the like. There is a risk of increase in domestic violence, women and children being more vulnerable and regular support systems not easily accessible. In such a scenario, there is a major unmet need to address the mental health needs of the society.

Mental Health Helpline in India

The MSF mental health helpline provides 24X7, free and confidential services to people experiencing mental health issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our expert multilingual counsellors provide one-on-one telephone consultation services in seven languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Assamese and Punjabi.

Mental Health Helpline in Nepal (closed) since 10 October 2021

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