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#COVID19 and mental health

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The mental health implications of the coronavirus pandemic will impact all of us in different ways. To help in better supporting ourselves – and one another – the World Health Organization (WHO) has published key mental health considerations targeted at different groups, including the general population; healthcare workers; older adults; care providers; people in isolation and those with underlying health conditions.

Minimise watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed.

There are 31 recommendations, number 3 below is directed at the general public.

“Seek information only from trusted sources and mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts; not the rumors and misinformation. Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities platforms, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumors. Facts can help to minimise fears.”

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