Helplines For Mental Health Support To Covid Patients | Mysuru News – Times of India

Milton Lawrence
Mysuru: In light of the increase in the number of Covid patients in home isolation during the third wave, the health department has advised healthcare professionals and Covid patients to use the helpline numbers available to seek psychosocial support and mental health care.
D Randeep, commissioner of health and family welfare services, told TOI that all health officers in the district have been advised to use the helpline facilities: the Nimhans helpline (080-46110007), Arogyavani (104), Children’s Helpline (1098), and Yuva Helpline (155265).
Apart from this, health officials are ordered to provide for visiting consultants or facilitate teleconsultation to ensure that people with mental illnesses are not denied treatment, he said.
Nimhans helpline managers confirmed that the helpline service was launched in May 2020 and since then they have been addressing the concerns of hundreds of patients. The service is available 24 hours a day in 11 different languages ​​and Covid patients can seek psychosocial support and mental health care.
Head and professor of the department of psychiatry at Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute BN Raveesh such government instruction to ensure that psychiatric patients are not denied treatment was necessary. “Treating Covid psychiatry patients is challenging and time consuming,” she added.
“Nearly two dozen infected patients since April 2021 had consulted the department. They had come with complaints of fever, cough and throat infection. They underwent RT-PCR testing and positive patients were immediately hospitalized. There is a general tendency for some doctors to refer all psychiatric patients to a consultant psychiatrist even if they have other problems. This order will surely benefit patients and their caregivers”, explained the full professor.
Mysuru District Surveillance Officer Dr. Shivaprasad T, who confirmed the health headquarters directive to ensure Covid treatment for mentally ill people, said instructions have been issued not to neglect any Covid patient despite your previous medical condition. “Besides, there aren’t many psychiatric cases here,” he said.
DC Bagadi Gautham told TOI that all Covid patients are monitored day by day by health staff. “As soon as an individual tests positive, triage is done online and then they are given all necessary support, including consultation and hospitalization through the Covid war room,” he said.

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