Mental Health

  • COVID-19 had detrimental impact on children’s mental health and financial situation of families: Today’s news roundup 

    According toUNICEF’sThe State of the World's Children 2021report, the harmful effects of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of children is only the “tip of the iceberg.”

    Thereport states that globally, over one in seven children aged 10–17 suffers from a mental illness, with disorders in young people leading to estimated losses in terms of contribution to economies of nearly $390 billion a year. 

  • Crisis helpline received record number of calls in July

    NGO Mieli Mental Health Finland says calls to its mental health crisis reached record numbers in July. According to the organisation, a significant portion of these calls came from young people who were contemplating suicide or self-harm. 

    The crisis helpline received a total of 28,800 calls during July—an average of over 900 calls a day. A majority of the callers were adults aged 18–40 who were struggling with thoughts of self-harm.

  • Finland could face a mental health crisis even after the pandemic 

    Expertsare concerned that the COVID- 19 pandemic could have long-lasting effects on the psychological wellbeing of individuals, eventually culminating in a public mental health crisis. 

    COVID- 19 and the subsequent panic, uncertainty and isolation have led to a widespread rise in cases of anxiety and depression. Mental health professionals warn that given current conditions, everyone is at risk for these diseases. 

  • Over 300,000 Finns experienced mental health problems during the pandemic

    According to the latest data from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), 14 per cent of the adult population in Finland—a figure equivalent to over 320,000 people—reported symptoms of psychological distress last year.

    The results of THL’s FinSotesurvey, which monitors changes in health and wellbeing across different population groups in the country, also indicates that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it increasingly difficult to access healthcare services. 

  • Sales of psychiatric drugs increased in Finland this year

    Statistics fromthe Association of Finnish Pharmacies (AFP) and Kela indicate that there has been a significant increase in the sales of psychiatric medication this year. 

    As per Kela, there was an 8 per cent rise in the purchase of antipsychotic medicines during January–November this year compared to the same period last year. According to AFP, sales of antidepressants have also increased by 9 per cent over the past year.

  • Survey: One in 10 young adults has contemplated suicide over the past year 

    According toa recent survey by theFinnish Association for Mental Health (Mieli),one in ten Finns aged 18–34 has seriously considered committing suicide during the past year.

    Additionally, two out of five young adults has contemplated suicide at some point during their lifetime. The survey, which included respondents from various age brackets, found that the COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately affected low income groups; that is, those that earn less than 30,000 euros a year. Several young adults fall in this category.