Mental health issues
Dewan Chand, Suva
According to media reports, mental health issues are on the increase under the current lockdown conditions.
People with pre-existing conditions are more prone to show signs of mental health issues.
The sudden change in the pattern of life has sent shock waves and psychological impact. Some find it extremely hard to stay home with families for long hours.
Those, who have lost jobs or are working reduced hours, are also showing signs of depression.
Mood swings and emotional imbalance cause frustrations, worries, loneliness, anxiety and at times open hostility within the family circles.
Families must learn to recognise and prioritise mental health issues and must seek immediate medical help by going to the experts. Brushing the issue under the carpet will not resolve the situation. Care must be taken not to attach stigma to people with mental health issues.
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is doing its best to ensure that all Fijians remain healthy. Therefore, it is the responsibility of families to take proactive steps to ensure that all members are given due care and love.