COVID Conversations on Mental Health: Dr. June Pagaduan Lopez on the Impacts of the Pandemic

What is the impact of the pandemic on Dr. June Pagaduan Lopez, professor of psychiatry in the Philippines and expert member of the UN Treat Body Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture?

With the threat to life looming large, deaths coming very close to home, and her doctor friends dying because of COVID-19, she had to ask herself what she needed to survive. “I have found a task. I have become task-oriented and I think that’s the most important to keep yourself sane, to have a project and something to wake up for every morning…”

Andrew Khoo from Malaysia agreed and commented, “Setting yourself a project to do is very important. It doesn’t have to be a big project, just something that you know you will do when you get up in the morning. Baking, catching up on years of filing, rearranging your bookshelves, emailing friends you have not spoken to for ages…”

WATCH #HopeInTheTimeOfCorona: #COVIDConversations 2 on Mental Health Strategies for Coping & Caring here: