Lege Artis Medicinae

[Telephone hotline crisis intervention during the Covid-19 pandemic]

TÓTH Mónika Ditta1

OCTOBER 28, 2021

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2021;31(10)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33616/lam.31.032

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[The COVID-19 pandemic and the successive restrictive measures are placing a huge psychological burden on the population worldwide. Isolation, narrowing of social relationships, constant fear, and the illness itself contributed to the development of various mental disorders. The mental strain on healthcare workers, in addition to their heavy physical workload is also a particular problem. In this situation, easily accessible, telephone counselling services, which does not require physical meeting, are one of the most important resources for mental health intervention worldwide. The present study demonstrates the mental challenges caused by the pandemic, the brief history of telephone crisis care, and studies about its effectiveness. In addition, this study focuses on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on using of telephone counselling services. Several countries are presented with significantly increased use of these services. Finally, the Hungarian situa­tion is demonstrated with the nature of COVID-19 related calls of the Hungarian hotline service. ]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Magatartástudományi Intézet

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