Wednesday, 10 Mar 2021
Easing the psychological toll of lockdown
CBM recognises the psychological pressure of COVID-19 lockdown around the world. For people with mental illness, these challenges can be amplified. Our projects have adapted to address the needs of people with disabilities during COVID-19 lockdowns. In our work in Uttar Pradesh, India, our project staff have been instrumental in working with the local communities to identify people with intellectual disabilities who might be struggling with the ongoing lockdowns. CBM’s support has helped to assist mental health services and provide telehealth consultations with health experts for 30 people living with intellectual disabilities in the area.
These services remain critical during the extended lockdown periods where usual support networks such as family, friends, schools and community groups might be suspended for many people. In these times, CBM is glad to be able to provide some support.
In the picture Sanjana, a young girl with intellectual impairment from a village in Uttar Pradesh, interacting with clinical psychologist along with her mother Gita on video call with the support a project staff member.
CBM Australia acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).