Mental health: fighting the hidden pandemic

depressed 2021

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fatima Elbasri Abuelgasim Mohammed, a 20 years old 3rd year medical student from Sudan, at Khartoum University. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


Caring about Mental Health is extremely important to ensure that every individual lives in a moderate status of wellbeing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most people live in constant panic which lead to significant decrease in mental health status worldwide, keeping in mind that most people pay their attention to COVID-19 forgetting about the deteriorating mental health status leading to the appearance of “a hidden pandemic”.

Mental health problems conquer most of our community nowadays. In Europe almost 165 million people or 38 percent of the population suffer each year from a brain disorder.In most developing countries there is a lack of knowledge among community members regarding mental health, actually some of them don’t believe in its existence at all relating it to irrelevant causes like “madness,religion and being possessed by a devil”. For example, in Africa there are 1·4 mental health workers per 100,000 people, compared with a global average of 9·0 per 100,000, and also performs relatively poorly with regard to the number of psychiatrists, the number of hospital beds for patients with mental illness, and the coverage of outpatient facilities.

Never forgetting to mention that many mental health patients are stigmatized in their communities and labeled as a shame.Can you picture what will happen in a community which suffers already from high rates of mental disorders and in another community where mental health is not recognized in the first place! Definitely there will be a huge increase in the incidence of depression,anxiety,suicidal attempts and drug addiction , I will leave the rest to your imagination to picture the size of this crisis.

As a current medical students and a future public health provider who believes in the magic of words and their main contribution in change, one of the fundamental solutions is to increase awareness among different communities regarding How to cope with the stress and common mental health disorders in pandemics specially those associated with social distancing and quarantine through multimedia and different social media platforms. Another important action is Fighting infomedics to decrease panic and prevent rumors.

Also, Working on research to understand the effect of COVID-19 on mental health will be of great benefit during this time to reflect the scope of the problem more. We advise everyone at quarantine to take breaks from the news because knowing too much about the pandemic can be upsetting and try to connect with people they love and trust. Lastly, we have to help the white army in this war against the pandemic by staying home and being strict to all preventive measures toward COVID-19.

In conclusion, mental health issues increase significantly during pandemics affecting most of the people, taking care about your mental health is a milestone to fight COVID-19. And all of us are required to participate in the global movement to raise awareness about the situation.

Stay Home and take care of your beautiful minds.

Resources

https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSTRE7832JJ20110904

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(18)30303-6/fulltext

About the author

Fatima Elbasri Abuelgasim Mohammed is a 20 years old 3rd year medical student from Sudan, at Khartoum University. She is a National Project Coordinator for NTDs at MedSIN Sudan 2019-2020, an LPO at KMSA “Khartoum Medical Students Association” 2019-2020 and a trainer at IFMSA.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Force used against protestors in Gaza ‘wholly disproportionate’ says UN human rights chief

A more credible, dynamic, predictable and political EU accession process – Commission lays out its proposals

The world’s most vulnerable must be protected: WHO briefing

Special measures for Greece: 100% absorption rate

Quality education an ‘essential pillar’ of a better future, says UN chief

Iraq: Solutions needed ‘urgently’ to quell ongoing violence, break political deadlock

How banking with blockchain can stamp out corruption and increase financial inclusion

iSting: Change Europe with your Writing

Finland must focus on integrating migrant women and their children to boost their contribution to the economy and society

UN chief welcomes power-sharing deal between Sudanese military and opposition

Parliament sets up plan to fight the 3,600 criminal rings of EU

The developing countries keep the world going

On World Day to Combat Desertification, UN shines spotlight on ‘true value’ of land

Ukraine: turning challenges into opportunities


Bacteria vs. humans: how to fight in this world war?

World Retail Congress Dubai 2016: Retail’s night of nights

Global warming: our responsibility

UN chief welcomes ‘positive steps’ towards peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia

‘Undersea gardeners’ are restoring Jamaica’s lost coral reefs

Climate change and health: Raising awareness is the key for greener actions

George Floyd: these are the injustices that led to the protests in the United States

EU Parliament: It takes real banks to fight unemployment and recession

Smart city experts should be looking to emerging markets. Here’s why

EU approves disbursement of €500 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine

Destabilizing Lebanon after burning Syria; plotting putsch at home: King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Service and Sacrifice: For Ghana, UN peacekeeping is a ‘noble opportunity to serve humanity’

Emerging legislation on commercial uses of facial recognition shows the work ahead

FROM THE FIELD: South Sudan’s green shoots, highlight environmental recovery from war

FROM THE FIELD: Free tutorials in Mali, ‘a life-saver’ for Fatouma

These patients are sharing their data to improve healthcare standards

UN experts urge India to align new anti-trafficking bill with human rights law

Where America’s refugees came from in 2018

The importance of collaboration in the digital economy

Passwords should become a thing of the past. Here’s why

To entrepreneurship and beyond!

German egotistic inward turn to badly hurt Europe after Merkel’s exit

The importance of the strategy of health of a country working in accordance with the theory

Make the internet safer: stop using passwords

UN chief hopeful for Libya, after Quartet meeting in Tunis

Ahead of State of the Union the European Youth Forum highlights lack of action on youth employment

How will the NATO-EU competition evolve in the post Brexit era?

Friday’s Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin

Macron in St. Petersburg didn’t oppose Trump on Iran, in Putin’s presence

Impact of high debt levels on least developed countries ‘cannot be overstated’, says UN

The built environment has a huge role to play in improving health and wellbeing

A rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the war-torn Yemen

‘Terrorist Iranian regime’ must be checked; Saudi Foreign Minister urges financial pressure

EU Budget: InvestEU Programme to support jobs, growth and innovation in Europe

International community urged to deliver on promise for better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cohesion Policy: involving citizens to ensure better results

UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

The sustainable fashion revolution is well underway. These 5 trends prove it

‘Negative forces’ at work in DR Congo threaten ‘largely peaceful’ relations across Great Lakes region, says outgoing UN envoy

The Commission tries to stop the ‘party’ with the structural funds

It’s a lie Eurozone isn’t competitive

Brexit must not put UK university research at risk

OECD joins with Argentina to fight financial crime

Ahead of key UN-backed Marrakech migration conference, youth recount harrowing journeys

Eurozone: Sovereign debt decreases for the first time since 2007

Youth and children in Europe set the new perspectives for the decades to come

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s