How will the Coronavirus pandemic affect the mental health of children and adolescents?

Image by Tumisu from PixabayESCAP is closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic, and as more countries are taking the drastic measures of closing schools and workplaces and instilling a lockdown approach, we are even more aware and concerned for the mental health of children and adolescents across the globe.

We are in unknown territory both in terms of this pandemic and its short and long-term psychological consequences. Some children will be displaced, isolated in abusive homes, or distance from friends and families without really understanding why.

We want to build up a connected community where we can share advice and guidance on dealing with mental health during this pandemic, both for the public and professional healthcare providers. 

ESCAP, along with the support of other associations have compiled a list of links that offer guidance and advice to psychiatrists, allied professionals, parents and caregivers, school staff and other professionals that are providing care and support during this time. We thank those who have taken the time to put these websites, documents and information packages together.


ESCAP 2019 Vienna congress post-presentation interviews
Check out the post-presentation interviews from the 2019 ESCAP Vienna congress
Dr Dickon Bevington about mentalization and the AMBIT program for child and adolescent psychiatrists and allied professionals. We asked, what should these professionals keep in mind when working with 'hard to reach' youth? View his video interview. 
Professor Franz Resch on his key messages on environmental risk factors, emotional adaptation and parent-child interactions View his video interview
Dr Lucia Valmaggia on virtual reality and its potential use in treating psychiatric disorders View her video interview
It is never too early to start planning your future congresses. ESCAP is pleased to announce that our next congress will take place in Maastricht, The Netherlands on 27-29th June 2021. The ESCAP 2021 Congress theme in Maastricht will be: ‘Networks in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’. The congress website is up and running and more information will be added over the coming year. Check it out
ESCAP first and second residential courses
The first ESCAP Research Academy residential course was held in Catania, Italy on 2-5th October. The course was a huge success consisting of 28 participants from 13 countries. As a result, the organisers are now launching the second residential course on the 'Assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents' in Catania, Italy on the 30th Sept to the 3rd Oct 2020. More information will be available soon, meanwhile, read the report from the first course here.   
  • ECAP March issue

    Evidence that the gut microbiome plays a role in a vast amount of medical diseases or disorders, especially neuropsychiatric disorders has emerged at an exponential rate. It’s a hot topic, and it raises its head again in another original article in this month’s issue by describing its link with ADHD. Editorial authors, Micali and Abdulkadir stress caution at drawing a specific association of the gut microbiome with neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD. The gut-brain axis is a complex system, a cause or effect, genetics or environmental factors, the “gut microbiome might not necessarily lie on the causal pathway to ADHD, but be a correlate of ADHD”. These studies address interesting research points,but raise various questions and require future discoveries. We must tread cautiously when pinpointing the gut microbiome as the culprit for these diseases, but more research will help untangle this complex link. View the complete issue.

  • Did you attend the meeting and want to recap on what happened? Or were you unable to attend but want to find out more? ESCAP have put together a small congress report to summarise the key events, lectures, and board meeting outcomes for everyone to appreciate.
    Click to read the Congress Report.