"What governments and NGOs can and should do today"
Make sure self-help interventions are in place that can address the needs of large affected populations;
Educate people about the expected psychological impact and reactions to trauma if they are interested in receiving it. Make sure people understand that a psychological reaction is normal;
Launch a specific website to address psychosocial issues;
Make sure that people with acute issues can find the help that they need
In Belgium, we recently launched Everyone OK, an online tool that tries to offer help to the affected population. Using existing protocols and interventions, we launched our digital self-help tool in as little as two weeks.
Great, set up some websites to help the masses. But don't touch that holy grail, the lockdowns. The experiment must continue.