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COVID-19: the perfect vector for a mental health epidemic

Hisham, I. N., Townsend, G., Gillard, S., Debnath, B. and Sin, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-0590-7165 (2020). COVID-19: the perfect vector for a mental health epidemic. BJPsych Bulletin, doi: 10.1192/bjb.2020.60

Abstract

In times of crisis, people have historically had to band together to overcome. What happens when they cannot? This article examines the reality of people forced to isolate from one another during one of the most turbulent events of their lives: the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecting the dots of topics including fear, social stigmas, global public response and previous disease outbreaks, this article discusses the negative mental health effects that individuals and communities will likely suffer as the result of social distancing, isolation and physical infection.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Authors 2020. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 15:08
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24538
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