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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 95-99

Efficacy of online mental health program “EmoAid” during the COVID-19 pandemic

1 Centre For Child and Adolescent Wellbeing, New Delhi, India
2 Centre For Child and Adolescent Wellbeing; Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shilpa Gupta
Centre For Child and Adolescent Wellbeing, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmhhb.jmhhb_252_21

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Background: COVID-19 has triggered public health crises all around the globe. It has caused mental health issues not only in infected cases but also in uninfected cases. The world was put under strict/restricted lockdown to contain the transmission of COVID-19 diseases. All important aspects of life including therapies and counseling went online. “EmoAid” is one such online mental health program started during the COVID-19 to ease psychological distress. Aim: The current study assessed the efficacy of “EmoAid” program. Methods: One hundred and twenty-two participants completed depression, anxiety, and stress scale-21 online at three time periods; before the program (T1), after the program (T2), and 3 weeks after the program to study the maintenance effect (T3). Results: The results suggested that the program was successful in decreasing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress among participants. The maintenance effect of the program was also observed. Conclusion: The results highlight the importance of “EmoAid,” an online mental health program in lowering the levels of psychological distress during the pandemic, however, a randomized controlled study is required to validate the results.

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