COVID-19 crisis in South Asia

Everyone at the College has been shocked and saddened to see the devastating effect that COVID-19 has had in India and other south Asian countries.

The loss of life and suffering is truly unimaginable and as reports of growing cases in other South Asian countries continue, our thoughts are with our members who are impacted by this latest wave of COVID.

We are running an event this afternoon on the principles and practice of Psychological First Aid - covering the human, supportive and practical help that can be offered to people in the aftermath of extremely stressful events such as the evolving COVID-19 crisis.

The session, which you can join online for free and will be available to view on demand afterwards, has been put together by our international team, working with the College’s Presidential Lead for COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness and Mental Health, Professor Richard Williams, our Volunteering and International Psychiatry Special Interest Group, and the British Indian Psychiatric Association.

If you’d like to join us at 5pm today (Thursday 27 May) you can register to join the webinar on the website Psychological First Aid Webinar.

 The College is a member of the World Psychiatric Association’s Advisory Committee on Response to Emergencies (ACRE) and the College will work with them and other national psychiatric associations to share research and knowledge on the impact of COVID, including the treatment of long COVID. Where appropriate our volunteer scheme can be utilised to support long term initiatives.

Back to our May 2021 eNewsletter.

Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry