College should be a time when students grow, make new friends and explore their passions. But Americans of college age increasingly report that they feel anxious or lonely — and that was before the upheaval of COVID-19.
USC students can’t hug a friend they see on campus. No longer can they collapse on a couch to share a pizza together or drop by a classmate’s apartment for a Minecraft marathon. University administrators know it hurts, and they understand.
“Recently, I have felt that a distance has developed between me and my son. He is not behaving with me like before. I think this is because during the last four months, I have had to repeatedly be isolated after serving in a ward with COVID-19 patients.”
These words spoken by a Bangladeshi midwife are something that healthcare professionals around the world can currently relate to. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an unprecedented burden on the personal and professional lives of those working in the health sector. High risk of infection, extreme pressure to perform at work, shortages of necessary equipment and lack of ability to spend time with family and friends are all posing a serious threat to the mental health of those saving lives amidst this crisis.
To address this problem, the Government of Bangladesh has taken the initiative to provide mental health support to health service providers