Being confined within four walls during the Movement Control Order (MCO) is not an easy experience to go through for some people. Confinement may often lead to feelings of loneliness and increased stress because of limited interactivity and activities.
How does confinement affect one’s mental health during MCO?
Feelings of loneliness and overthinking may take a toll on people who lack social interaction and are feeling alone. The Befrienders Kuala Lumpur has seen an increase in the number of calls during the first phase of MCO.
Kenny Lim, the Executive Director of The Befrienders Kuala Lumpur stated that being confined indoors for a prolonged period of time can cause stress, anxiety, fear and helplessness.
According to New Straits Times (NST), Befrienders had experienced an increase in calls following the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent implementation of MCO from March 18.
The outbreak and implementation has affected many people in different ways, one of them was mental health.
“In the first seven days of MCO, there was a 13 per cent increase in the number of calls received, where 9 per cent of those calls were due to issues related to Covid-19 or the MCO,” said Kenny.
Need someone to talk to? Here’s how you can reach out to Befrienders KL
Understanding the importance of their presence and the needs of the people who are distressed, Befrienders was able to operate its centre in Jalan Templer, Petaling Jaya.
However, due to high concentration of Covid-19 cases in their district, Befrienders has transitioned to Skype for the time being to continue playing their part as a listening ear for those who need it.
For those who need someone to talk to and want to find out more information on how Befrienders carry out their Skype conversations, please visit:
Social media handles: @BefriendersKL
We understand that being at home and stuck indoors 24/7 can be a challenge for some. If you are feeling stressed or need someone to talk to, please reach out.
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