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In the space of a week more than 50 persons were admitted for treatment at Mount Carmel Hospital with a severe mental disorder. This increase follows the trend registered since the start of the pandemic. The Maltese Association of Psychiatrists (MAP) showed their concern while appealing to those having problems of mental health to ask for professional help.
“We would like to encourage those who are suffering in silence to contact their family doctor or health centre for advice and help, even via telephone” Dr Nigel Camilleri, President of MAP said.
Keeping away from help, because of fear of infection from COVID-19 or for any other reason may lead some people to suffer or relapse into mental illness.
“This crisis,” according to MAP, “brings with it uncertainty, a state of discomfort, or feeling on edge. People who lost their prior day to day routine can suffer a chronic state of inner tension and worry which in turn can lead to an anxiety disorder.”
MAP is urging all those who need help to seek it early as it takes more courage to ask for help than to refuse it. This shows the strength of the person not one’s weakness. Help is available through Mental Health Services, Malta, including child, adult and old age community clinics. The earlier that help is sought, the better that one can prevent deterioration into significant mental illness.