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Counselling – A Necessity (with-reference-to-covid-19-outbreak)

The Covid 19 outbreak in India has impacted the mental health negatively. Fear, worry, stress have become a normal outcome of human mind. Movements are restricted and people are facing a new reality altogether. With the advent of modern psychology, society has just started to embrace counselling as a regular part of our daily life. Counselling done by doctors, psychologist, coaches and trained professionals can make a profound impact on us.

False beliefs and social stigma about mental health issues cause significant problems. Post Covid19 mental issues can curtail an individual’s ability to lead a fulfilling life. Now, there is growing acceptance of the need for help for mental health issues. In this report we will have an overall view about the need of counselling.
Summary: This report is based upon Secondary data collected from different sources and on previous research reports.
A review of some available literature has been done that provide insights about Counselling.
Methodology: This is not a Statistical Report. Information for this report was sourced from various secondary sources and this is not a comprehensive review of Literature but provides an overview of the topic stated above.
Let’s Have a look at the challenges people are facing due to Covid 19 outbreak. The major challenges faced by the people during the Covid 19 outbreak can be identified as the following.

• Financial Challenges: The Covid-19 pandemic has cast a long shadow of uncertainty. It is not clear how long it will take to restore normalcy and revive the economic environment. • Relationship Problems: Anxiety about work, disrupted routines, child care, lack of social connections, and struggles to be productive at home may lead people to witness major relationship struggles during the Global pandemic


• Mental Health Issues: A long period of economic instability and relationship issues are creating mental health challenges. Unless we 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 soon-expected end of coronavirus-led lockdown may not be the end of troubles for many, especially labors and migrant workers. Almost 33% of migrant labors are suffering from a Financial problem. From end-March, most companies have resorted to one of these three decisions—sacking people, asking employees to go on indefinite leave without pay, and slashing salaries by as much as 85 per cent. Almost 19% Job Holders are facing the wrath of the Global pandemic in terms of Financial problem. Self Employed professionals are suffering a loss of income and almost 21% are getting affected due to the Covid 19 outbreak. The visible impact of the lockdown on the supply chain of agricultural produce has cost a major downfall to the income of the farmers. 27% of the Farmers are facing Financial issues and the survival has been so difficult for the last few months.
Covid19 outbreak has reshaped our relationship. People are becoming more vulnerable at this time due to significantly higher rates of cases across the country. 28% couples are facing relationship issues. Some have adapted to these changes to survive while others are struggling to come to terms with it. 40% of older generation are suffering from insecurities. Children staying abroad, or no care giver present with them at this moment are creating insecurities which lead towards relationship issues. Kids are not being able to visit schools and interact with their friends and teachers. They are mostly spending time attending online classes. With closed schools and no playtime. According to the UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund), more than 1.5 billion children and young people are impacted due to the closing of schools in 188 countries. In India almost 30% children are suffering from anxiety issues and loneliness which is affecting their relationships with parents and other family members negatively. According to the UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund), more than 1.5 billion children and young people are impacted due to the closing of schools in 188 countries. The rising incidence of behavioral problems among children could suggest that some families are struggling to cope with the increasing stresses they are experiencing. So around 2% of parents are facing serious trouble managing the relationship quotient with their children.
Almost three quarters of young people are feeling more anxious about the future as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. While protecting physical health has been the main concern during the first months of the crisis, now the challenge is to cope with the changing dynamics of mental health specially among the youth. Almost 27% youth is suffering from loneliness. Due to the prolong lock down they are not being able to meet their family, partners and friends which is causing a sense of loneliness. Vulnerability refers to our basic susceptibility to mental health disorders. It is affected by our coping skills, social support, and involvement in meaningful activities. 25 % of youth are not able to understand or realize the mental health challenges they are facing. 17% said they had experienced less good quality sleep and facing challenges to lead a quality lifestyle. Mental Health professionals are not surprised that people are suffering from anxiety issues during this pandemic. Less human interaction, Financial insecurities, relationship issues are creating anxiety in almost 25% people. Conclusion : As per the report published on 6th May,2002 by Joydeep Thakur at Hindusthan Times, West Bengal health department authorities have started counselling sessions for people suffering from mental stress due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions that have been imposed to contain the spread of theMental Health issues
coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. The growing fear of Covid-19 has triggered immense anxiety, stress, and insecurity in the minds of people. This stress is manifesting in various forms. Everyone responds to challenges in different ways. But here are a few reasons why Counselling is necessity in this Global pandemic Situation.
a. Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones. b. Stress and anxiety related to Financial struggles.
c. Taking care of your own mental health as well as the community’s.
d. Social stigma about Counselling is still high. To break the stigma, it is important to go for a counselling to have a comparative analysis of mental health of the sufferer.
e. To lower the stress level caused by the situation.
f. To improve the relationship.
g. To enhance sleep quality and improve eating habits.
h. To cope with other lifestyle diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension etc.
i. To decrease the use of tobacco and other addictions.
j. To control domestic violence and recover relationships.
Paulami Niyogi
National Counselling Ambassador
Counsel India
West Bengal Chapter


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