COVID-19 AND MENTAL HEALTH POLICY IN INDONESIA
Author(s): Manotar Tampubolon
*, Fernando Silalahi
and Riduan Siagian
This article reviews the mental health policy in Indonesia during the COVID 19 pandemic. Cases of mental health problems have been increased significantly in Indonesia during this pandemic situation. COVID 19 provides a serious threat to the physical and mental health, but the Government is mainly focused on physical wellbeing rather than mental wellbeing. In this activity, the authors define different kinds of mental health problems mainly caused due to COVID 19 pandemic situation. People also isolate themselves from the other in this pandemic situation, so they are often feeling lonely and it causes psychological illness to most people. The victims of mental health problem often experience lack of confidence, disturbances in sleeping, lack of essential energy etc. The study also shows different methods and ways to collect the details of the disease and the guidelines to stay safe. Different mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and trauma are experienced by most Indonesian during this pandemic situation. In response to this problem, the government launches “Sejiwa service” to deal with psychological threat to any community. Government also launches a guideline for mental and psychological health. The government also involves in the process to alert a specific village how to deal with the mental and physical health problems independently. Thus, this paper will define the current picture of mental health problems in Indonesia due to the COVID 19 pandemic and how the government should react to prevent and overcome these mental health problems.