Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on Modern Research in Education, Teaching and Learning
Psychological Rebuilding as a Coping Strategy for Post COVID-19 Mental Health Problems in Nigeria
Dr. Olayinka M. AYANNUGA
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an ongoing pandemic and major health crisis going on in the world currently. This global challenge is increasing mental health issues among the general population. There is no doubt the mental health of the average Nigerian has been negatively impacted due to worry, stress, sadness, anxiety, depression over coronavirus and needed to be addressed urgently. COVID-19’s distribution along Nigeria’s geopolitical zones with confirmed, active, discharged and death cases were discussed. This paper stresses on bringing succor to assist people to return to the good situation that they were in before existence of COVID-19 crisis through psychological rebuilding strategies. Counsellors and psychologists need to prevent both the development and complications through different online therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and ways to reduce stigma of mental health problems in affected persons were considered. It concludes by reemphasizing that there is no doubt the pandemic period is a very difficult time that comes with a lot of challenges like mental health problems which can almost be impossible for an individual to manage and get out of it by oneself, psychological rebuilding therefore is necessary to put people back on their feet now and after the crisis. A lot of recommendations were made to reduce post covid-19 mental health problems.
Keywords: Coping Strategy; COVID-19; Mental Health; Psychological Rebuilding.