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Online Counseling Program – Covid 19 pandemic and Lockdown

In the scenario of Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, Sambhavya Foundation, taking into consideration the restriction on physical presence due to social distancing and financial crisis and rising number of suicide cases and mental health issues in all age groups, Online Counseling Program, was initiated on the 25th of July. The program was initiated with reference to mental health issues stated by WHO and UNICEF, cited as fear of contracting covid-19 and/or death by covid-19, loss of sense and structure for students and isolation from friends and relatives, stress and fear of loss of job and future, exposure to family disputes and domestic violence and so on, faced by individuals at time of lockdown and pandemic.

Throughout the 3 and half months of the program, Sambhavya Foundation was able to reach and provide around 3000 individuals with mental health awareness and psycho-social counseling awareness in the form of individual and group counseling. The services were operated as 24-hour free counseling through online mediums like Messenger, Whatsapp and Viber and telephones. Our team of counselors and psychologists were able to target quarantine hotels, schools, social organizations and independent individuals through Google Forms (Online Assessment Form for Adults and Online Assessment Form for students) which acted as registration and assessment.