Dr Praveetha Patalay on where we are with mental health research and COVID-19
This month, the COVID-MINDS Network registered a total of 160 longitudinal studies since the start of the pandemic. They range in size, measures, location, and duration. The majority were launched during the pandemic, whilst others were existing cohort studies. For some researchers, the volume of publications and the increased attention on mental health have been positive outcomes of the pandemic. For others, the pandemic has highlighted how mental health research could be improved.
The COVID-MINDS Network is asking researchers to comment on what they think are the main lessons of the last year and a half, and how the mental health community could move forward in light of its findings on the effects of the pandemic on mental health.