Mental illness affects 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children each year. Mental disorder is having greater widespread now than ever as people struggling with their mental health may be in your family, living next door to you, teaching your children, working in the next cubicle, or your everyday companion.
However, only half of those distressed can avail treatments, generally because of the stigma associated with mental health. Untreated, mental disorders can be responsible for higher medical expenses, unsatisfactory performance at school and work, lesser employment opportunities, and greater risk of suicide.
What exactly is a Mental Illness?
A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy, or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Research is starting to uncover the complicated causes of these diseases which can include genetics, brain chemistry, brain structure, experiencing trauma, and/or having another medical condition, like heart disease.
This pandemic has brought consequential changes in work and family routines and our daily way of life. Therefore, aspiring individuals in Pakistan have come together to create a digitals platform to help people fight mental illness and overcome this obstacle.
“Online counseling is coming as a savior for millions during the lockdown. The hospitals and medical centers should be avoided as they are most contagious in this dire situation which makes therapy from home far safer,” says psychologist and expert in cognitive behavioral therapy Tipu Pervaiz while speaking to The Express Tribune.
This team will contribute to supporting the families on how to adjust to the new or novel situations and with rapid changes and social demands. Apart from that experts are providing psycho-educational support fostering a systemic.
Following Are The Listed Digitals Platform You Can Approach To Conquer Your Medical Problem.
Umang is a 24/7 mental health helpline consisting of clinical psychologists who provide therapeutic sessions over the phone. They aim to fight the stigma associated with mental health and raise awareness nationwide. This digital platform was founded in early 2019 by a group of compassionate Physicians and Psychologists. This entire service provided by Umang is free of cost.
Meanwhile, ReliveNow is a mental health advocacy group, offering online and offline counseling and therapy services. They also provide awareness sessions regarding mental health and corporate services for employee well-being customized according to the company’s requirements. Individuals who deal with psychological problems and traumas in times of a global pandemic can reach out to ReliveNow and get treaded by qualified health professionals.
Sehat Kahani’s mobile and web-based application is a comprehensive digital health solution that enables individuals to access primary and secondary healthcare services online without the hassle of waiting for long hours at a physical healthcare facility.
The Taskeen Helpline was launched in June 2020 to provide telephonic counseling to sufferers of mental health problems and their caregivers. They provide trained counselors who aid in compassionate listening services to those who seek our help in easing their distress. During the consultation, they also conduct a mental health screening to ascertain if the beneficiaries require specialized mental health services.
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