June 14, 2024

“パンデミック疲労” 相談相次ぐ

フィリピン保健省は、パンデミック開始から1年が経過した今もフィリピンの一部の地域は封鎖されているため、政府の“メンタルヘルス支援ホットライン”への問い合わせ件数が増加していることを発表しました。

マリア・ロザリオ・ベルゲア保健次官によると、4月に寄せられた相談のうち約31%が不安や抑うつ症状に関するもので、22%が精神科医や心理士へと紹介されているようです。

心理学者のランディ・デローサ氏によると、フィリピン人は「明らかに『異常』な現実を、『新日常』として捉えとすることにストレスを抱えている」と言います。またデローサ氏はABS-CBN NEWSに対し、「パンデミック疲労とは、コロナウイルスのパンデミックという経験に耐えなければならなかったことによる、肉体的、精神的な疲労のことです」と述べています。

コロナによる悪影響は、人々の肉体のみならず精神にも降りかかっています。厳しい措置の分、国民へ相応のメンタルケアが求められます。

以下、ABS-CBN NEWSより

Gov’t mental health hotline receives more calls as COVID-19 pandemic rages in Philippines

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said the number of calls to the government’s hotline for mental health assistance continues to increase this year as parts of the Philippines remain under lockdown a year since the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April alone, the hotline received 1,805 calls, which is 200 calls higher than the 1,604 calls recorded in March, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online press conference.

“Around 31 percent [of calls in April] are about anxiety and depressive symptoms, and 22 percent referrals to psychiatrists and psychologists,” she said.
“Ibig sabihin, may mga pag-aalinlangan ang ating mga kababayan. This may be linked to the number of cases noong nakaraang buwan,” she said.
In April, the Philippines recorded 1 million COVID-19 patients since the virus from Wuhan, China was first detected in the country in 2020.

The government also placed Metro Manila and nearby provinces under a lockdown in March after a surge of fresh COVID-19 cases.

Psychologist Randy Dellosa earlier said Filipinos have grown “sick and tired of trying to consider as a ‘new normal’ what in reality is an obvious ‘abnormal.'”

Simply put, pandemic fatigue is the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion of having to endure the whole experience of the coronavirus pandemic,” Dellosa told ABS-CBN News.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) earlier said that it would start the second phase of a national survey on the effects of COVID-19 on Filipinos’ mental health and well-being this month.
The government would spend P39.8 million to collect data from 3,480 households and 7,328 individuals from May until June 2021 in 8 regions in the country, the PSA said in a statement.