Coronavirus and mental health

Scientific publications

Despite the little time that Coronavirus has been wrecking havoc across the world, scientists are working around the clock to understand the virus better and the implications it has and will have, not only on our bodies but also our mind and behaviour. Here, are just a few publications we feel are relevant for child, adolescent and adult mental health during the pandemic.

Potential effects of “social” distancing measures and school lockdown on child and adolescent mental health by Clemens et al. European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry, 2020

Challenges and burden of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for child and adolescent mental health: a narrative review to highlight clinical and research needs in the acute phase and the long return to normality by Fegert et al., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. May 2020. 

Child and adolescent mental health service provision and research during the Covid-19 pandemic: challenges, opportunities, and a call for submissions by Witt et al. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. May 2020.

Hidden scars: the impact of violence and the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health by Najat Maalla M'jid. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. 2020.

How mental health care should change as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic by Moreno et al. THe Lancet, Psychiatry. In Press. 

“Bridge over troubled water”: A first look at adolescent psychiatric outpatients transited from regular care to teletherapy during the COVID-19 outbreak using quantitative and qualitative analyses. by Huscsava MM et al. Child and Adoelscent Psychiatry and Mental Health. In print

ECAP Editorial Suicidality in children and adolescents: lessons to be learned from the COVID-19 crisis by Pieter J. Hoekstra Pages 737-738


ECAP Editorial Potential effects of “social” distancing measures and school lockdown on child and adolescent mental health by Vera Clemens, Peter Deschamps, Jörg M. Fegert…Pages 739-742


ECAP Editorial Mental health services for children in China during the COVID-19 pandemic: results of an expert-based national survey among child and adolescent psychiatric hospitals by Yonghua Cui, Ying Li, Yi Zheng Pages 743-748


The potential impact of COVID-19 on psychosis: A rapid review of contemporary epidemic and pandemic research by Brown E et al. Schizophrenia Research 2020;In press.

School closure and management practices during coronavirus outbreaks including COVID-19: a rapid systematic review by Viner RM et al Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2020 May;4(5):397-404.

COVID-19 and mental health: A review of the existing literature by Rajkumar RP. Asian J of Psychiatry 2020; 52:102066.

The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence by Brooks et al. Lancet 2020;395:912-20

Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak by Wang et al. Lancet 2020;395;945-947

Pandemics: Health care emergencies by Morganstein et al. Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry;2017:270-284

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