Vatican tackles ‘psychological suffering’ caused by pandemic

The Vatican document touches on issues such as anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts due to the pandemic (Bigstock)

The Vatican has released a document to address the effects that COVID-19 lockdowns, uncertainties and restrictions have had on mental health. Source: Crux.

The document is titled “Accompanying people in psychological distress in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: Members of one body, loved by one love”.

Written last November, due to a delay in translations it wasn’t published until earlier this year on the website of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, which, among other things, coordinates the work of the Vatican’s COVID-19 commission summoned by Pope Francis to try to imagine a post-pandemic world.

“The psychological suffering caused or worsened by the deep concerns over this unknown disease has been hardly considered,” says the Vatican document. “Most especially, the loss of control over our personal existence and the life that we share with our loved ones has been a source of major concern. When medical expertise and treatments have suddenly proven unsuitable, ineffectual or unsuccessful, the fear of the unknown has prompted the following questions: What will become of me? What will become of us?”

The document touches on issues such as anxiety, depression, an increase on suicidal thoughts due to the pandemic and the temptation to despair. It also delves into different ways for addressing some of these challenges, paying particular attention on the social dimension of the human person.


Vatican tackles psychological fallout from COVID pandemic (By Inés San Martín, Crux)

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