As communities in Europe and the Mediterranean grapple with the second wave of COVID-19, the pandemic’s plight on mental health has become a growing concern. Stress and anxiety continue to increase for everyone, naturally, as the house lockdown and curfews, which were re-enacted to reduce the spread in countries.
A study conducted by the World Health Organization during the first wave of the pandemic found that 93% of the country surveyed had interruptions in one or more critical mental health services. Across Europe, 40% of participating countries reported worse outcomes with closure of three out of four mental health services. This has had a negative effect on 84 million people with mental health problems.
As part of efforts to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the TRNC, partial curfews are currently in progress in all districts. This causes undesirable consequences such as mental stress and other psychological problems, fear of infection, loneliness, loss of income and general anxiety about the future in Northern Cyprus, as in the whole world. This situation can become even more alarming for students where the school is not only a learning platform but also an ideal environment for socializing, relaxation, entertainment and friendship.
The MEDI Foundation Student society, in partnership with the TRNC government’s ADDICTION CONSULTANCY AND SUPPORT program, provides a helpline service for those who experience mental stress, addiction or psychological problems.
Please call ALO 1191 Information and Support Line, which is available 24/7 for professional help if you are experiencing any of the above situations and want to help someone you know.