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The COVID-Minds Network has three main aims:

  • To support the establishment of high-quality longitudinal Covid-19 studies in countries internationally exploring the effects of the pandemic on mental health

  • To enable international collaboration in longitudinal data analysis to understand cross-cultural differences in the mental health effects of Covid-19

  • To catalogue and disseminate findings from mental health research on Covid-19

Our work is underpinned by three core values:

  • Patient & public involvement & engagement: encouraging individuals to take part in mental health research and supporting study teams to involve young people and adults with lived experience in the design and running of studies

  • Open science: supporting researchers in sharing protocols, data, and findings

  • Policy and sector support: providing summaries of evidence to health bodies and governments internationally

Hands Up

The network is led by an international steering group of scientists and mental health professionals including:

  • Dr Daisy Fancourt (University College London, UK)

  • Dr Nils Fietje (World Health Organisation)

  • Prof Matthew Hotopf (King's College London, UK)

  • Prof Kathleen Merikangas (NIHR/Johns Hopkins, US)

  • Prof Naja Hulvej Rod (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Dr Catherine Sebastian (Wellcome Trust, UK)

  • Grace Gatera Uwineza (Lived experience, Rwanda)

The network is funded by the Wellcome Trust.


For enquiries about the organisation of the network, please contact

Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UCL.

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