COVID-19: Mental Illness the 'Inevitable' Next Pandemic?

COVID-19: Mental Illness the 'Inevitable' Next Pandemic?

The Canadian Mental Health Association is seeing a major increase in demand for its services, forcing it to call on the federal government for help, saying the problem will only get worse.

A public mental health crisis emerged as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak began to spread in Wuhan, China, underscoring the need for mental health interventions to be integrated into pandemic preparedness and response plans.

As many as 35 people have now succumbed to the infection in the UAE.

Premier Jason Kenney announced $53 million is being directed to mental health resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The applause for health workers has become a weekly feature of life under lockdown in Britain, providing a moment of national unity and escapism from isolation and anxiety, at a time where social distancing measures have greatly reduced how much time people spend outside with others.

Our surveys show these changes are already having a considerable impact on our mental health.

The survey of 996 United Kingdom workers - including nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and managers - also found a third believe their health has suffered since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The authors called for real-time of anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicide across the world, along with the development of treatment programmes that can be accessed remotely.

The authors are also calling for widespread real time monitoring of the mental health of the population so that effective tools and support can be designed quickly to help people at home.

24 leading experts on mental health, including neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, public health experts and those with lived experience of a mental health condition, came together to create the roadmap that is published today.

Across Ontario tomorrow (Friday, April 17) at 11 a.m. tens of thousands of long-term care and hospital workers will stand silently in their workplace for a minute of silence for the Brampton hospital cleaner who died of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Public Health stated that the increase in the number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 is due to the Ministry's success in tracking the transitional chains of the virus and expanding the surveillance process. They survey also revealed increased anxiety, depression, stress, and other negative feelings and concern about the practical implications of the pandemic response, including financial difficulties.

'The scale of this problem is too serious to ignore, both in terms of every human life that may be affected, and in terms of the wider impact on society'.

As of midday Thursday, 980 health care workers had COVID-19. Note: material may have been edited for length and content.

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