Covid-19 pandemic severely impacts mental health

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A health expert says the covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the mental health and wellbeing of societies, leading to a spike in substance abuse.

In an interview with Zimpapers Radio News on Sunday, as the country marks World Mental Health Day, national manager of mental health services in the ministry of Health and Child Care, Fabian Musoro said health institutions have recorded an increase in admissions related to mental health challenges, attributed to substance abuse.

Meanwhile organisations representing persons with disabilities have called for a multi-sectoral approach in addressing mental health issues among the marginalised group.

Deaf Zimbabwe Trust executive director Barbara Nyangairi, ministry of Health Psychiatric specialist Dr Sabastian Madamombe and Jairosi Jiri Association disability activist Nokutenda Muzuva, called for the society to be inclusive.

On Sunday, Zimbabwe joined the world in observing world mental health day, which aims to raise awareness on mental health issues.

Meanwhile the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa Mohamed fall, has called for increased investment and access to mental health prevention and response services on the continent.

In his message to mark world mental health day, Fall said at least one in seven children, in sub-Saharan Africa experiences psychological hardship, especially those facing poverty, discrimination and violence.

He added that addressing child and adolescent mental health in Africa is urgent and the UNICEF has committed to a 10-year programme on mental health and psychosocial well-being and development of children and adolescents in Africa.