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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mental Health Resources

As psychiatrists and mental health professionals, we know it is not only the physical effects of COVID-19 that are detrimental for society, but also the mental health effects. As well as supporting people with mental ill health, supporting everybody’s mental health is key.

WPA’s work as a facilitator of knowledge-sharing is more important now than ever before.  You already know that one of our key roles is to link psychiatrists around the world so that we can share best practice and learn from each other.  This premise takes on a new level of importance when considering the current COVID-19 pandemic.  It is vital that we listen to and learn from each other’s experiences so that we can help to slow the spread of the virus and ease the burden on our health systems.

Below you will find a number of trusted sources and resources to help guide your response to the mental health challenges our communities are faced with as we deal with COVID-19.

 

We know people are looking for the best available information while having to act in the face of uncertainty and our goal is to build a library of information that will be helpful to you as we navigate this together.  We invite you to share with us any updates, tools, tips and resources you might have and we will add them here.  

This page will be updated as we receive more and new information.  We encourage you to bookmark it and check back regularly.

RESOURCES

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Managing Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources from the WHO


Additional Mental Health Resources related to COVID-19 relevant to GCPN Members


Updated Information from the World Health Organization about COVID-19


Other Sources to Access COVID-19 Information

World Economic Forum (WEF)

Managing mental health during coronavirus - people around the world share insights from the World Economic Forum

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/covid19-coronavirus-mental-health-expert-insights/

 

Argentina (Asociación de Psiquiatras Argentinos)

 

  1. The main source of information should always be the National Sanitary Authority, in our case, the National Ministry of Health. Other sources are less reliable in the middle of a sanitary crisis.

  2. There are two basic aspects in the management of a Pandemic like this. The first one being the epidemic technical handling, and the second one being the mass communication side. In the latter aspect, the role of psychiatrists is essential in building a message that generates awareness instead of generalised fear. The choice of the right words and metaphors is one of the most delicate tasks at the moment.

  3. It is urgent to bring back the ability to think, that is, to carry out a critical analysis of the information received. Serenity is needed to achieve this. Serenity to think, responsibility to take care of all of us.

  4. The main goal of restrictive measures is to isolate the virus, but not the population subjectivity. We need to encourage solidarity. Measures of due care are thought to take care of all, not to leave aside or discriminate.

  5. It is essential to help people to understand the temporal dimension of crisis. It is not the end of the world, but a critical situation with a beginning and an end.

  6. As physicians, we need to ensure that our public words are help to understand basic sanitary concepts. At the same time, we should keep in mind that coronavirus is not the only sanitary problem worldwide, just the most urgent in this context.

  7. We also need to inform that in this situation ER Services should not be collapsed, any given telephone numbers should be used for a preliminary triage. 

Australia (Various Sources)

A selection of COVID-19 Mental Health support information and resources

https://www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/support-for-those-impacted-by-adverse-events/mental-health-support-for-covid-19

https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/coronavirus-covid-19/

News Releases from RANZCP

https://www.ranzcp.org/news-policy/news/covid-19-are-we-looking-after-the-mental-healt-(1)

https://www.ranzcp.org/news-policy/news/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing-du

Canada (Various Sources)

 

Complete Mental Health Guide During Covid-19 Pandemic

https://peak-resilience.com/blog/2020/3/15/covid-19-amp-your-mental-health-a-comprehensive-resource-guide

Hong Kong (The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists)

 

  • We have seen the panic that has ensued across the globe over the supply of daily amenities and disinfectant products.  Many people are being asked to “self-isolate” and “quarantine” increasing the likelihood of feelings of anxiety and isolation.

 

  • Mental health issues can also lead to increased risks of infection due to failure to identify symptoms of COVID-19 early and seek proper assessment and care. They can reduce or bias a person’s awareness about public health advice on prevention of COVID-19.

 

  • Mental health facilities are high-risk areas of cross-infection where there is limited vigilance by staff working in mental health facilities, and a lack of personal protective equipment. 

 

  • Patients and carers suffering from COVID-19, people under quarantine arrangements, and healthcare workers caring for the above groups are vulnerable groups for mental health problems.  They need active support in enhancing their mental health resilience, enhancing access to assessment and possibly interventions utilising the telephone or/and internet technology. 

 

  • Practical tips on enhancing mental health resilience will be valuable for the purpose.  ​

United Kingdom

Royal College of Psychiatrists:  Guidance for Clinicians

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/about-us/responding-to-covid-19/responding-to-covid-19-guidance-for-clinicians

BBC News Article || Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51873799

USA (The American Psychiatric Association)

APA Coronavirus Resources

https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/covid-19-coronavirus?utm_source=Internal-Link&utm_medium=Side-Hero&utm_campaign=Covid-19