The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on human mental health and well-being worldwide, while raising concerns about increased suicidal behavior. In addition, access to mental health services has been severely hampered. However, a comprehensive summary of current data on these impacts has not been made widely available.
The current scientific brief is based on evidence from research commissioned by the WHO, including an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyzes and an update to a live systematic review. Informed by these reviews, the scientific brief provides a comprehensive overview of current evidence on:
- The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the incidence of mental symptoms and mental disorders
- the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the occurrence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors
- the risk of infection, serious illness and death of COVID-19 for people living with mental illness
- Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health Services
- the effectiveness of psychological interventions adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent or reduce mental health problems and / or maintain access to mental health services;