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COVID-19 and lockdown led to severe effect on Mental Health

21 year-old Ramila (pseudonym) tried to take her own life during this lockdown situation. She experienced mental health condition from a very long time and attempted suicide for many times. However, her condition was improving and she was under medication and counseling services before the lockdown. She was working as a receptionist in an office and was happy with her job. She was recovering but the crisis situation changed everything. She used to stay alone in a rented room in Kathmandu. The lockdown situation added loneliness in her life. She was confined to stay alone in the room which triggered her condition and she again tried to take her own life. After 48 hours of supervision in the hospital she was referred to KOSHISH for comprehensive psychosocial care.

With receiving the proper care and support, Ramila started opening up and engaging in therapeutic activities at short-term psychosocial care centre of KOSHISH. For about 5 months of psychosocial support, her mental health condition was improved.

She is only one of the many people who are experiencing mental health problems during this crisis situation but still it is the most neglected area in the health sector. This is a serious issue which needed to be addressed and emphasized by the government.