Trials 2021 Jul 28;22(1):500. Epub 2021 Jul 28.
Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous), Rajagiri P.O, Kalamassery, Cochin, Kerala, 683 104, India.
Background: The lockdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to impact people's mental health, especially those from economically disadvantaged and vulnerable sections of society. Mental health can be affected by many factors, including fear of disease transmission, from response measures against the pandemic like social distancing, movement restriction, fear of being in quarantine, loneliness, depression due to isolation, fear of losing work and livelihood and avoiding health care due to fear of being infected. Telephonic befriending intervention by non-specialists will be used to provide social and emotional support to the youth from the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDUGKY), an initiative of the Government of India. Read More