A year ago the World Health Organization characterised the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. Soon after, the COVID-Minds Network was launched to connect researchers examining how the pandemic would impact the mental health and wellbeing of populations across the world.
This month, we look at how pregnant women have responded in the last year and how young people continue to face specific challenges alongside social distancing and isolation. We also emphasise the importance of increasing research in low- and middle-income countries where the pandemic’s effects on mental health may be long-lasting.
We’ve started off 2021 by looking at how mental health has been significantly impacted across countries, how particular groups have been more affected than others, and what we can do to help our mental health as the pandemic continues.
This month, we’ve examined the effect of the pandemic on: suicide rates, young people and students, people with pre-existing mental health conditions, the delivery of mental health services through telemedicine, and our daily habits and food consumption.
In our 6th newsletter we publish our second blog providing an update of this month's research. We also introduce a new section showcasing the recent work of member studies. Further resources available on the website are signposted and opportunities for collaborations are listed.
In our 4th newsletter we link to a blog from our lived experience advisor on how to involve lived experience in COVID-19 mental health research, provide summaries of new papers and feature new funding opportunities.
In our 3rd newsletter we continue to provide updates on longitudinal studies and research papers, introduce 3 research teams looking for collaborators and hear from Dr Anita Goh on the implications of physical distancing restrictions for older people.