The continuous spreading of COVID-19 pandemic has increased fear, anxiety, stress, panic-attacks, and suicidal deaths in the general people. The uncertainty regarding the pandemic has created barrier to the availability of services, economic opportunity as well as effected wellbeing of the general people. It has increased the need of counseling services to the general people.
KOSHISH has been providing continuous counseling services and psychosocial support through toll free and online media. So far (December 2020 - March, 2021), KOSHISH have been able to provide counseling services and psychosocial support to 62 persons. The beneficiaries were satisfied and have provided positive feedback towards the services that they received.
COVID-19 pandemic has continuous and adverse effect in the mental well-being of general people. The cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Nepal. While the preventive vaccine and treatment option are in development process, the COVID-19 has further led to mental health conditions such as fear, anxiety, panic-attacks, OCD, suicidal deaths, and a general effect in overall well-being.
KOSHISH has been providing continuous counseling services and psychosocial support through toll free and online media.So far ( August-November, 2020), KOSHISH have been able to provide counseling services and psychosocial support to 52 persons. The beneficiaries were satisfied and have provided positive feedback towards the services that they received.
One of the beneficiaries shared, “I was scared & hopeless and was not able to reach any psychosocial support but the tele-counseling services have been really helpful for dealing with my problems.”
The outbreak of COVID-19 and continuous fear of transmission of the disease have affected the psychosocial well-being of all the people. The cases are increasing in Nepal as well. Within a week of the beginning of lockdown, KOSHISH realized the need for psycho-social support during this pandemic situation especially to the persons who are already experiencing mental health conditions.
For that purpose, KOSHISH sought financial support for the establishment of a toll-free number and recruitment of psychologists to provide free Psychological First Aid and Tele-counseling services. KOSHISH was able to receive the project-based funding which aided to run the toll-free number through which the free counseling services have been running smoothly.
So far, 1024 persons have provided mental health and psychosocial support during this COVID-19 pandemic situation.
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