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Helplines to chatbots: How to take care of your mental health during quarantine

Written by Meera Kalyani
| New Delhi

Updated: April 10, 2020 7:20:07 PM





Being in quarantine in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus can be difficult for people and can affect your mental health, especially for people with pre-existing mental health conditions. (Picture Source: Pixabay)

Indefinite isolation, uncertainty, resource scarcity and information overload during lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus have made life particularly difficult for people with pre-existing mental health issues.

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“Some people do yoga, others find cleanliness soothing. It is best to find out what suits you during this crisis and how much it bothers you, ”she said.

While the suggestion of building a routine is useful in many places, Burr says that it is not the same for everyone and some may even find a fixed schedule.

“It is helpful to bend your routine from time to time. If you decide to experiment with cooking one day, the next day, it is better to find another activity to keep your quarantine time healthy and productive, ”she said.

Dr. Boura also said that excessive knowledge and misinformation can be harmful in the long run. “State sponsored information is always reliable and preferred over misinformation that you find on social media. It is also preferred to visit the websites of the WHO, CDC as they make reliable information and announcements about the outbreak. Inaccurate and excessive information can add stress, ”she said.

But there is some clarity on when the lockdown will be lifted in India, here are some suggestions for mental health:

Helpline

Given the uncertainty when the lockdown will be lifted, governments have collaborated with several non-profit organizations to open our helpline numbers. (Picture Source: elearningchips.com)

National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has launched a toll-free number -08046110007 – To address mental health issues.

The organization, an organization that aims to promote mental well-being, has collaborated with the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Launch a toll-free helpline number 1800-120-820050. Calls can talk with qualified mental health counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists. The facility is running 24 × 7.

Dr. Boora said the helplines do not work for everyone, but can help. “It’s all about talking to someone you can talk to for something, just talking and getting out can help,” she said.

Chatbots

Although applications do not fully compensate for human interaction and interactions, chatbots can help people reach without fear of stigma. These chatbots do not offer diagnostics, but can listen and respond to provide support.

Here are some chatbots you can use:

Wysa

Mental Health, Coronavirus Lockdown, Quarantine and Mental Health, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus Anxiety During Lockdown, Coronavirus Pandemic, Lifestyle News, Indian Express News The application uses evidence-based cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) to help build mental resilience skills. (Picture Source: wysa.io)

The app responds to the emotions the user expresses and uses evidence-based cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT),
Meditation, breathing, yoga, motivational interviewing and subtle actions to help build mental flexibility skills. Provided free of charge after epidemic AI chats and tool packs for anxiety and isolation support.

Talkspace

Mental Health, Coronavirus Lockdown, Quarantine and Mental Health, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus Anxiety During Lockdown, Coronavirus Pandemic, Lifestyle News, Indian Express News Although the app is not free, they have a group of licensed health professionals who are available to talk to their users through texts, video calls and audio messages. (Photo Source: talkpace.com)

This platform provides online therapy with the help of licensed health professionals. The application is not free. Users can communicate with physicians at any time by leaving text, audio and video messages.

Wobot

Mental Health, Coronavirus Lockdown, Quarantine and Mental Health, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus Anxiety During Lockdown, Coronavirus Pandemic, Lifestyle News, Indian Express News Similar to that, the app uses CBT to help its users. (Picture Source: woebot.io)

Like that, this chatbot uses evidence-based cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) that work with both iOS and Android. It also has a user-friendly interface.

Webinars

These focus on live discussion resources that can help people virtually maintain relationships with others or support systems.

1. Youth and mental health: The UN organization UNICEF and the World Health Organization have started a webinar series on “Youth and Mental Health” which started from 1st April.

2. Non-profit organizations like Mental Health America Already conducted several webinars about mental health during COVID-19.

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