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Covid and Mental Health
A #CovidUnknowns webinar

There is considerable concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health – both as a direct consequence of the disease, and as an indirect consequence of the pandemic response (e.g., lockdown, school closures). Research is ongoing into both of these areas in different groups – in children, adults, and older adults. We need to understand both the immediate impact of the pandemic, as well as the possible longer-term consequences that may unfold over several years.

4:00 Welcome - Fiona Godlee

4:05 Looking to the future (Chair: George Davey Smith)

- Reimagining global mental health: Vikram Patel, Harvard University

4:15 Direct psychiatric and neurological effects of COVID-19 (Chair: Simon Wesseley)

- Post-infection: Paul Harrison, University of Oxford

- Post-hospitalisation: Hamish McAuley, University of Leicester

4:35: Indirect effects of COVID-19 on mental health (Chair: Becky Mars)

- Children and young people: Tamsin Ford, University of Cambridge/ Cathy Creswell, University of Oxford

- Longitudinal studies: Praveetha Patalay, UCL

- Suicide: Duleeka Knipe, University of Bristol

5:10 Key remaining unknowns (Chair: Ezra Susser)

- Impact on population mental health: Matthias Pierce, Manchester

- Impact in LMICs: Lola Kola, University of Ibadan

- Domestic abuse: Vishal Bhavsar, KCL

- Homelessness: Kelly Doran, NYU (pre-recorded)

5:45 Discussion (Chair: Phil Hammond)

6:15 Close

May 13, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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