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Caritas India aids those mentally struggling with lockdown

A man tries selling vegetables during the lockdown in the Indian city of Sirsa on April 17. ( photo via

Caritas worker Shimray Mungreiphy has been startled by how much the lockdown has affected people’s mental health in India.

Mungreiphy has been with Caritas India for the past 22 years. She is one of the agency’s most senior operation managers. Now as the country of 1.2 billion people battles the new coronavirus, she heads a team of mental health experts taking calls via a helpline. 

For the past several weeks, she has been conducting phone consultations with anxious people uncertain about their future. 

“From 9 in the morning till 5 in the evening, we receive calls from people of different age groups and listen to their agonies,” she said.

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Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.