This is a message that rings loud and clearly through today’s world. One in which people are looking for tests, where the skilled work force are asked to work from home, where those not so privileged have yet to bear the brunt of working in the fields.
Today at BOMA’s Global Health Summit online we travel around the world to listen, hear and see how countries are tacking mental health issues arising from COVID19 from their countries. In India, we hear experts talk about massive unemployment and care. An expert talks about the need for thoughtful leadership in which care ought to be provided by scalable and needed technologies.
The expert goes onto talk about scaling medical treatment called EMPOWER to digitalise learning treatment, a curriculum, followed by a test so that once one becomes trained then one can train and support those that need care.
The return to face to face contact at this point seems a long while away, first it was a week, now the discussions are till end May to end of June 2020. COVID19 does not discriminate, in the sense it really does not matter if you are the fittest, healthiest, weathiest or poorest.
By connecting the dots of innovation, NGOs, private sector community and Government, communities could do with putting their hearts and minds together to develop strategies, projects and then implementation to strengthen each other as a necessary partnership.
In India, the expert talks about using community intervention and that we need to look beyond the Government work force. He focuses on learning psychological therapies, and talks about how that by learning a skill and treatment for those of depression and anxiety, he mentions how exciting and disruptive this is.
Another speaker raised the question of medical chatbox and how their purpose whilst limited could be very effective, for example is someone is experience sleep disruption, and the technology could be used to addressing the issue of lack of providers and self care.
Currently there is a lot of misinformation and exaggeration in news. Those that survive this virus can see this is not just a physical test, but an emotional and psychological test.
Imagine what solution you would prefer – talking to a robot or human being?
The notion of a human community service provider as a foundation led by community workers seems like a necessity given the urgent need and observation on issues like a spike in suicide as mentioned by the experts.
Perhaps parents might be worried that their children may not see a future, what if the school might not open? What if mode….what is the advice that parents can give to their children to not go into a mental spiral?
Often we forget that children need to be factored in, when we consider the issues of COVID19. When children are more exposed to access to such information, we may need to consider that such news may need to be filtered that is sensible and controlled. Where there are sensationalist numbers, it may be necessary for us to sit and talk to close ones to adjust the concerns.
Social media time and limit of social media is something that also needs to be checked. For instance, if one were to only read about COVID19 it would probably have a detrimental effect on one’s mental health. However, if one just limits it to 30 mins to 1 hour then it might be better.
Would have a routine help? Possibly, in the same way there is much news going around for people to ‘keep calm and carry on’ to wake up as they usually would when going to work, to dress up and operate as if they were at the office even though in the confines of the house.
The idea of normalisation is also important. What is the new normal?
What about the thoughts of feeling trapped? What does the new normal look like?
If the new normal is social distancing, if the new normal means applying for licences to go out of the house, if the new normal is working from home, hygienic does it mean we can’t go back to our daily lives?
According to the expert the answer is no, not really. As humans we need to deal with it reasonably and getting on with our lives. That we should expect to deal with the challenges that we face like any other problem. One of the expert mentioned that the COVID19 is not necessarily the problem, but rather the economic long term consequences that could provide to be further damage.
Questions like, why are we not hearing more stories of recovering?
Why is the media not spinning the story around? If 50% infected did not have any symptoms, then how could we use this information to send positive messaging.
How would we look at the world now?
How would we reframe our world?
By Helen Tung
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