The mental health and wellbeing of the whole society has been severely impacted by covid-19 and must be considered a priority that needs to be addressed urgently.
Psychological distress in populations is widespread. Many people are distressed due to the immediate impacts of the virus and the consequences of physical isolation. Fear of infection, dying, losing family members, stress related to economic situations is prominent.
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has provided a Mental Health Toolkit as a resource accessible via their website.