The hardest thing people are currently facing due to the coronavirus outbreak and the measures announced by authorities to contain the spread is that they have to stay away from their loved ones who can give them support.
This is one of the reasons which has emerged from a study about the current COVID-19 situation in Malta and how it is affecting the general population’s mental health.
The study has been conducted by Richmond Foundation and Esprimi, a leading market research company, have teamed up and published this study which has been conducted amongst 1064 respondents representative of the general population.
The study was conducted between the 2nd and 9th of April.
44.6% of the respondents were male and 54.8% were females.
The following are the 7 most common difficulties people are currently facing according to this study:
- Staying away from loved ones
- Not being able to do the usual activities
- Not enjoying outdoors
- No socialising
- No income
- Juggling children and teleworking
- Getting hold of necessities
The study also shows that 47% of the respondents feel depressed most of the time while 20% feel so all the time and 48% don’t feel like doing anything most of the time.
Only 7% of respondents feel happy all the time.
According to this study 1 out of 100 respondents think of self-harm all the time and this increases to 3 out of every 100 for those aged between 16 and 24.
During these past weeks, many have engaged in praying so that our lives could be restored to normality as soon as possible. The study shows that praying was is not so common amongst the young generation as 61% of the respondents aged between 16 and 24 rarely or did not engage in prayer.
On the contrary, the survey shows that amongst 78% of the respondents’ prayer increased significantly especially as the people get older. Amongst those aged 65 and over 25.6% pray 3 to 4 days a week and 52.4% pray all the time.
The study takes also into consideration the psychological wellbeing of the respondents.
A positive aspect which emerged from this study is that 9 out of 10 said that they have someone they can call in case of an emergency or find someone to help them if they are sick.
3 out of 10 feel that a family crisis arose due to the coronavirus situation and they feel it is hard to find someone who could give them advice on how to handle the situation.
Then there are 26% who feel they have no one they can share their worries or fear with.
Richmond Foundation said that it felt it was needed to conduct this survey as there has been a significant increase in the demand for help by people feeling anxious or worried about the coronavirus outbreak
The results of this survey can also be viewed on the Richmond Foundation website.
Do you need help? Here are some helpful numbers:
- 111 – for those who feel the onset of COVID-19 symptoms or who wish clarification on symptoms.
- 21411 411 – for those who need food and medicines while in obligatory quarantine.
- 2294 4511/2294 4504 – Use these number to report infringments to the public health regulations and regulations pertaining to COVID-19.
- 1772 – for those who feel lonely
- 1575 – for those EMPLOYEES who want to ask about salaries and working conditions.
- 1576 – for EMPLOYERS who want to ask about salaries and working conditions.
- 153 – For those who want more information on the financial packages being administered by the Department of Social Services.
- 144 – for those who want more information on the aid packages being administered by Malta Enterprise.
- 2204 2200 – For Maltese residents stranded abroad.
- 2598 1000 – for question about the educational sector.
- 2169 2447– for information on the aid packages for the sectors of tourism and hotels.
- 2590 3030 – For the elderly who have no support structures and need medicines, food, meals or shopping.
- 2546 9111 – Information for those in the gaming industry.
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