Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2020 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Mental health professionals as ‘silent frontline healthcare workers’: perspectives from three South Asian countries.

Shoib S, Gupta AK, Ahmad W, Joseph SJ, Bhandari SS.

Abstract

Mental health professionals across the globe foresaw the mental health impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. They have faced scarcity of trained professionals, rising morbidities, lack of protective gear, shortage of psychotropic drugs, and poor rapport building due to masking and social distancing. Amidst all, they have responded with approaches that focus on continuing mental health services to the patients already in care, education of the vulnerable people to help them cope with these stressors, and provide counselling services to patients and families affected by the pandemic.

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