COVID-19 effect on mental health: patients and workforce

Victor Pereira-Sanchez, Frances Adiukwu, Samer El Hayek, Drita Gashi Bytyçi, Jairo M. Gonzalez-Diaz, Ganesh Kudva Kundadak, Amine Larnaout, Marwa Nofal, Laura Orsolini, Rodrigo Ramalho, Ramdas Ransing, Mohammadreza Shalbafan, Joan Soler-Vidal, Zulvia Syarif, Andre Luiz Schuh Teixeira, Mariana Pinto da Costa

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has raised several concerns regarding its mental health effect on patients with psychiatric disorders and the health-care workforce.1, 2 Worldwide, psychiatrists are navigating a fast, unpredictable tempest, in developing plans to respond to their own mental health needs and those of their country's population.

We are a group of 16 early career psychiatrists connected by the Early Career Psychiatrists Section of the World Psychiatric Association,3 working across different WHO regions in countries (other than China) that have been severely affected by COVID-19. The pandemic led us towards a collective endeavour to share our country-specific experiences, plans, and concerns.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e29-e30
JournalThe lancet. Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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