Online webinar on Covid-19 & Mental Health, 21 October 2022

The triple threat of COVID-19 to global mental health

Speaker: Dr Livia De Picker MD PhD – Psychiatrist and postdoctoral researcher, University Psychiatric Hospital Duffel and University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Time: 17:30 CEST
Who can join? Webinar open to the public

For over two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to challenge us with new variants and waves. One of the most consistent warnings by neuroscience researchers and clinicians has been that of an impending surge of mental health problems which will engulf the world as a late consequence of the pandemic. It has long been known that acute infections– such as influenza, rubella, and more recently MERS, SARS and Covid-19 – can trigger acute and late-onset psychiatric presentations.

Research findings from around the world are now confirming this “triple threat” of COVID-19 on our global mental health: [1] Increased levels of subclinical and clinical mental health problems are observed in the population in general, and among women, young people, and healthcare workers in particular; [2] Acute and chronic neuropsychiatric complications in 20-50% of COVID-19 survivors; and [3] Morbidity, mortality and vaccination gaps among people with pre-existent mental disorders. In the next decade, mental health workers and services will need adequate guidance and resources to deal with the mental health fallout of the pandemic. Dr. De Picker will discuss the probable impact on services and actions which need to be taken to prepare for this challenge.