EHS-COVID (32) Liberia mental health services 'overloaded' after lockdown (2) Mental health services in Ethiopia

12 November, 2020

Extracts below from a news item on the WHO Africa Regional Office website, and a question from me below. Read online: https://www.afro.who.int/news/talk-radio-teletherapy-expands-mental-heal...

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Addis Ababa, 5 November – The Erq Ma’ed – or ‘reconciliation table’ – social enterprise has mixed talk radio, communications and counselling to boost the mental health and wellbeing of Ethiopians for nearly a decade...

The pandemic has placed a huge strain on essential health services, including mental health services...

“We typically get around 20 000 calls each year, but the number has already far surpassed that this year,” explains Ephrem Bekele Woldeyesus, chief programme officer at Erq Ma’ed.

“Many calls have been driven by families struggling to relate to each other during the lockdown as well as issues related to domestic and sexual violence and marital crises.”...

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I would like to ask HIFA members: What has been the impact of COVID-19 on mental health (and services) in your country? How are these needs being addressed?

Best wishes, Neil

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