Mental Health Crisis in Covid Era

Mental Health Crisis in Covid Era

Mental Health Crisis in Covid Era


COVID-19 pandemic has impact GLOBALLY and the pandemic is continuously evolving disease outbreak and NO SAFE VACCINE currently to combat COVID-19. Thus, the emphasis on taking extensive precaution such as hygiene protocol (eg regular washing of hands, wearing facemask, social distancing etc.) must be follow. Many countries including Malaysia locking their boarders and enforcing movement control order (MCO) to control the spread of COVID-19. The MCO has cause multiple socioeconomic and psychological ramifications. 


FEAR and ANXIETY are a common psychological outcome during pandemics, People not only fear and anxiety against COVID-19 or dying, but also associated socio-occupational stress.  

Mental health at this COVID-19 pandemic is one of biggest CRISS which needs to be addressed. Various outcomes of COVID-19 have been reported hopelessness, suicidal ideation and coping deficits, anxiety and depression while coping with the ‘new norm’. COVID-19 lead to accompanied excessive concern over physiological symptoms, significant stress about personal and occupational loss. 

  1. In Malaysia, a survey has found that 46.6% of self-employed respondents had reported losing their jobs following COVID-19 and MCO being enforced. Many people that lose jobs might suffer more pressure as they might need to feed their parents and family members.

  2. A suspected COVID-19 patient killed himself in Malaysia, and his pre-existing depression is considered to be contributor. 

  3. In August, a young Malaysia pilot commit suicide after losing his jobs.

Besides, the pandemic could endanger the mental well-being of the healthcare workers, causing depression, anxiety, insomnia, or distress. The intensity of depression was higher among frontliners who were directly involved in the diagnosis, treatment, or provision of nursing care to patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. A sustained rise in COVID-19 cases, excessive workload, inadequate personal protective equipment and medications were among the various factors for the deterioration of mental health. Healthcare workers are not only afraid of getting infected but also worried about contaminating their families, friends, and colleagues with the virus.

Here I would like to share some advice about restoring mental health.



If you stress, anxious, or depress, please try to talk to your friends, colleague or family members. Talking about your feelings with somebody you trust certainly will help. For anyone with pre-existing mental problem, best approach to reduce these problems via access to mental health services.



Proper rest, exercise and healthy food certainly helping you to acclimate in the pandemic period. Balance life routine will help you restore your health physically and mentally. Prepare yourself to face the consequences brought by COVID-19 pandemic. 


Communication & care with loved ones especially family members and close friends is crucial giving hope to each other stay positive to face the pandemic. Despite the challenges we are all facing, we can still find purpose in our lives and supportive of one another.


For example, you lose your jobs in this pandemic period, instead of putting yourself down, FOCUS on solving the problem (Financial), CHANGE (find new ways to earn livings), accept matters that are beyond your control and strive to live by your value.


It’s normal to feel overwhelming in the COVID-19 pandemic period but feeling low over time can lead to cycle of inactivity. Try to find motivation to do the activities and hobbies you enjoy. Seeking your MOTIVATION will help restore your mental health.          

In any circumstances, good mental health indeed a urgent needs in pandemic period. Following these advices and live out your life. In fact, input from a caring professional can often help motivate you to take better care of yourselves.