Skip to content

When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.


COVID-19 Pandemic and Global Mental Health 


Contribute to global awareness of the impact of COVID-19 on mental health by submitting your paper to this PLOS Medicine collection. To be included your paper must reach us by December 15, 2022.

Submit to PLOS Medicine

Dec 15 2022

Photo by Ümit Bulut is licensed under Unsplash License


Vikram Patel
Harvard Med School

Never has mental health been as much in the global spotlight as in the past two years due to the unprecedented impact of the pandemic, and containment policies, on population mental health. This is a historic opportunity to document how such cataclysmic events affect mental health in bi-directional ways and how societies can build effective safety nets to protect and promote mental health and be better prepared for an increasingly unsettling and uncertain future.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, just months after the first known cases were identified in December, 2019. Two years on, the world has been transformed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus: lockdowns and physical distancing have decimated social support structures for many, while loss of income, loneliness, disruptions in routine health care and reductions in physical activity have widened pre-existing health inequities. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, a hidden pandemic of mental health disorders is already underway.

PLOS Medicine is calling submissions that work with the potential to mitigate the mental health consequences of the current pandemic and strengthen the global response to future pandemics. Work that examines contextual differences in the mental health impacts of the pandemic and strives to elucidate underlying mechanisms is of great interest.


Read why we're devoting a Special Issue Collection of papers to this topic


PLOS Medicine publishes articles relevant to clinicians, policymakers, and researchers across a range of settings that address the major biological, environmental, social, and political determinants of health. 

Email questions to


Vikram Patel 
Harvard Med School

Toshi A Furukawa 
Kyoto University 

Lola Kola 
University of Ibadan

Daisy Fancourt  
University College London


Submit your paper to PLOS Medicine to be considered for this Collection.

Mention the COVID-19 Pandemic and Global Mental Health CFP Call for Papers in your cover letter. 

Submit to PLOS Medicine

Share this Call for Papers with your community!
Back to top