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Social Welfare Deptt. operates One Stop Centre Womens Helpline 24X7 to provide counseling services and other necessary support

Port Blair ,

 The COVID-19 virus pandemic has impacted all aspects of our life, including our mental health. The previous few months have seen a surge in cases of psychological distress including suicide in the Islands, attributed to stress triggered by the lockdown along with enforced isolation, increased anxiety and reduced access to therapy. The other reasons include financial crisis, problems in family or relationships etc. Due to social distancing, there is less chance that friends and relatives recognize when someone is in a suicidal state to organize help. Stigma related to COVID-19 may also lead to a feeling of isolation and depression.