Someone who has traveled abroad around a month ago has completed the required period of self quarantine. However, he is still experiencing stigma as people in his locality do not make eye contact or talk to him even from a distance. He is very distressed because of this. How can I help him?
Acknowledge the fact that when people are isolated or discriminated, it is quite painful for the individual to handle such situations. However, it has been noticed that public opinion forms and changes quickly. Therefore, encourage him to focus on self care activities. In this situation, forcing others to understand that he is out of risk is not a good idea. To avoid his feelings of loneliness, he can contact his close relatives and friends over phone. In another few days, those who observe and keep distance, will gradually change their attitude and will start speaking with him. Usually, human anxiety naturally comes down when anticipated threat is not true by repeated observation and experience. Enable him to avoid blaming or showing anger towards them. He may also follow government safety guidelines for his safety. It would be better to have a few sessions over phone to share his feelings with you.
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