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Resilience, key to mental health during pandemic

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 13 2020   /  01:00 am
A section for mental health on healthcare platform Halodoc. (Halodoc/File)

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many people, triggering new challenges while exacerbating existing issues, and experts agree that people’s resilience, or the ability to adapt to their surroundings and rise up against adversity, is key to surviving the emotional epidemic. Clinical psychologist Annelia Sari Sani has said that it is important to continuously educate people in Indonesia on mental health because among most communities in the country stigma still attaches to those with mental illnesses. Proper education is important in finding solutions to mental health issues in Indonesia, she added. “[The education starts] when people reach out. Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness, it means we understand we are facing problems. This is a part of being resilient,” Annelia said on Friday during The Jakarta Post’s Jakpo...