When your mental health suffers from vicarious trauma

Tuesday, 05 Apr 2022, 1:00 PM MYT

By Prof. Dato’ Dr Andrew Mohanraj

For many of us, it may be hard to look the other way from news of the conflict in Ukraine now, despite being thousands of miles away from the scene.

Some of us may know of Malaysians having to terminate their studies or jobs to escape from being caught in the war.

For all Malaysians, the fear of rising fuel prices and the consequent increase in cost of living might be keeping us on edge.

It may have also crossed the minds of many that a potential world war, even a nuclear war, may not be a farfetched reality.

We have just come out of the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and remain psychologically vulnerable.

Some of us continue to struggle with unprocessed anxiety, grief and loss.

We simply do not have the mental strength to endure another hardship.