EHS-COVID (384) COVID-19 and mental health services (4) Impact of COVID-19 on mental health

7 June, 2021

Dear HIFA members,

In April 2021, there was a new wave of COVID-19 in India which was described as highly virulent. Untimely deaths of family members/ relatives/ friends/ colleagues had led to the feeling that everything is finished. Single earning member of the family has lost its battle to the virus or a single child of the family is gone or the entire family is no more or parents’ death due to COVID-19 have left their children alone in the world. Hearing these stories created a dull, doom and dark atmosphere and loss of faith in individual power.

Best regards,

Sanchika Gupta

HIFA Global CR Coordinator

HIFA profile: Dr Sanchika Gupta is an Indian healthcare specialist with eight years of experience as both clinician and public health programmer. She explored wide breadth of public health realm viz. family planning/reproductive health, maternal, adolescent and child health during her association with national and international NGOs namely INCLEN, MAMTA, Jhpiego and Pathfinder International. She acquired technical expertise in advocacy, program management, research, monitoring and evaluation throughout her fieldwork in eight Indian states (Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh). She is the nominee of ‘120 under 40: the new generation of family planning leaders’ in 2019. In the recent years, she has been associated with HIFA through its Social Media Working Group and EHS-COVID19 project. In 2021, HIFA nominated her as Global Country Representative Coordinator. Currently, she is based in New Delhi, India and is available on email id or Twitter @sanchika_gupta.