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India: an interreligious team to offer a psychological to the population

Since March 24 the Indian Government has declared the country´s lockdown for 21 days, to contain COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdown that could be eventually prolonged.. This situation has provoked worry and anxiety to a large proportion of the population, specially among lower class people. For most of them, staying at home means not being able to make a living for survival. In this context, Agenzia Fides reports on an initiative being developed by a interreligious association to provide psychological support to people who are in dire need. Father Anand Muttunga, president of Sarv Dharam Sadbhavna Manch- a Forum of religious communion, which includes people of Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh religion- has told as that the Forum has created a special group of professionals and consultants who offer free psychological support. “In general Indian society cares very little about mental health, he continues. “Many people hide their mental problems from society. We are offering this service to people who have difficulty managing the situation, due to the anxiety and fear of the Coronavirus disease. We are working to prepare people to face any situation that comes their way”

Agenzia Fides also reports how in Goa, West India, a group of Jesuits has started a similar initiative. It consists of a long distance psychological and spiritual counselling, offered in different languages, to the many people who “are teetering, in the throes of different types of uncertainty”.

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