After recovery from Coronavirus, one of the oft-seen requirement is to have mental health counselling options in Pakistan especially in big cities of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
I was talking to a friend who was ooking for mental health counselling options in Karachi for Coronavirus recovered lady in her late 60s. She was away from family for about 50 days, was on oxygen and vent. She said that it was so hard to find such specific counselling and medical help. You can hardly see any more investments in health-care facilities and in healthcare itself, especially regarding mental health.
She said that she would appreciate reasonably priced therapy options post corona. Most of the families who have been through Coronavirus and have come out alive and now recovering need to have mental health counselling to live a health life. For most of Pakistani families, the financials not so great after Covid treatment bled family dry.
covidpss.pk or other websites by Pakistani government are some of help but people would have to search by themeselves. Its common for people to face mental health fall out from the coronavirus pandemic.
Unless Pakistani officials act now to address the mental health needs associated with the pandemic, there will be enormous long-term consequences for families, communities and societies. The cumulative impact of stress, grief, and anxiety are huge across the country.
Stigma around having COVID in Pakistan is huge. You literally become pariah even for your family. Even if you recover, people avoid you as they think that you still would have the germ and you also start doubting your very being. Panic and confusion also make matters worse.
Unemployment, businesses failing, and other social issues add to economic instability at large. This has direct impact on people who start losing hope. For example, during Great Depression, due to unemployment there was increased ratio of heart attacks.