Background: Growing evidence suggests that population mental health outcomes have worsened since the pandemic started. The extent that…
COVID-19 Pandemic and Global Mental Health
In this PLOS Medicine Special Issue, we present a fascinating array of research papers which provide insights into various facets of mental health during the pandemic. Key themes include increases in the prevalence of common mental health problems across a range of settings, the inequitable distribution of this burden, and the strong association with contextual factors such as the stringency of lockdowns and severity of the pandemic.
Such research is essential not only for understanding the COVID-19 pandemic, but also for facilitating recovery, and ensuring that the world is better prepared for future global health crises.
The guest editors of this fascinating collection are Vikram Patel, Daisy Fancourt, Toshi Furukawa, and Lola Kola.
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Image creditPLOS Medicine Long-term psychological distress trajectories and the COVID-19 pandemic in three British birth cohorts: A multi-cohort study
Image creditPLOS Medicine Suicidal ideation following self-reported COVID-19-like symptoms or serology-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in France: A propensity score weighted analysis from a cohort study
Background: A higher risk of suicidal ideation associated with self-report of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-like symptoms or COVID-19…
Image creditPLOS Medicine Mental disorders, COVID-19-related life-saving measures and mortality in France: A nationwide cohort study
Background: Meta-analyses have shown that preexisting mental disorders may increase serious Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outcomes,…
PLOS Medicine Comparison of new psychiatric diagnoses among Finnish children and adolescents before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: A nationwide register-based study
Background: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions decreased the use of specialist psychiatric services for children and…