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Psychologi­sts offer online mental health support


DUBAI: The spike in the number of people tested positive for Covid-19 has induced stress and anxiety among many. In an attempt to help those battling depression, fear panic and other issues, VPS Healthcare has associated with Cadabam’s Group, a renowned psycho-social rehabilita­tion centre in India, to offer online mental health support for all in the UAE. The healthcare provider has now opened “VPS Cadabams Mindtalk”, an online service.

Imposition of stricter measures such as confinemen­t to rooms, physical distancing, quarantini­ng, travel restrictio­ns and more have pushed many into depression. Also, there are cases where people manifestin­g any symptoms such as mild flu or cough panic, fearing they might have contracted the virus.

Even the World Health Organisati­on has said that the pandemic may be stressful for people and mental health support should be ensured. “Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelmi­ng and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger,” read a statement by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The online mental health support system set up by VPS Healthcare will address the needs of these people and help them handle anxiety, fear panic and depression during these testing times with the help of psychologi­sts. Initially, the 24*7 online support system will avail the services of a dedicated team of psychologi­sts who will be attending to each person through video conferenci­ng.

The extensivel­y experience­d psychologi­sts can handle any cases related to addiction medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and adult psychiatry. The services can be availed by reaching out to the toll-free number 8005546 to schedule an appointmen­t.

The psychologi­sts can also be reached through the official website of VPS Healthcare. The website has options for people to undergo a pre-evaluation test through answering a questionna­ire. People who undergo the pre-evaluation test can book an appointmen­t with the psychologi­sts for online consultati­on.

Dr Reena Thomas, clinical psychologi­st at Medeor Hospital, Dubai, a unit of VPS Healthcare, said it is natural that stricter measures are in place as part of the efforts to contain the viral infection may trigger depression, anxiety and panic attacks among many. “Some people may become hopeless or those with psychologi­cal issues may see their condition worsening during these times.”

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Dr Reena Thomas
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