World Mental Health Day
EHSAR foundation under the banner of UNOCHA/PHPF funded COVID-19 response emergency project, celebrated world mental health day with full enthusiasm in the Forward Public School of district Peshawar and in two health facilities in district Swat. The overall objective of the event organized by EHSAR Foundation was to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health especially in the COVID-19 backdrop under the COVID-19 response project. In prospect to the current COVID-19 situation, the mental health become more important for the world to understand it and aware themselves to cope up with the situation. The outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of many people across the world. The pandemic has imposed a sense of uncertainty and anxiety, as the world was unable to predict or prepare for this crisis. It has caused a tremendous stress level among children, adolescents, and all students in general, primarily due to the closure of their schools. This stress may lead to undesirable adverse effects on the learning and psychological health of students. Children exposed to these incidents can precipitate the development of anxiety, panic attacks, depression, mood disorders, and other mental illnesses. Distressing events such as separation from family and friends, seeing or being aware of critically ill members affected with coronavirus, or the passing of loved ones or even thinking of themselves perhaps dying from the virus would have a detrimental effect on the mental health. The psychologists of EHSAR Foundation highlighted the importance of World Mental Health day and shared the Joint News release by the World Health Organization, United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health of August 2020. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2020 was Mental Health for All Greater Investment – Greater Access. Different activities were performed for awareness raising of mental health in COVID-19 Pandemic.