PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH BRIEFING ON COVID-19

 
FOREWORD.
 
Public mental health is assuming an important place in the field of psychiatry and mental health. Mental disorder and poor mental wellbeing have large impacts across population health which crises such as COVID-19 will further increase.
Despite the existence of effective public mental health interventions, only a minority of those with mental disorder receive any treatment even in high-income countries with far less provision of interventions to prevent associated impacts, prevent mental disorder from arising or promote mental wellbeing. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a population approach to address this public mental health intervention gap requires even more urgent global attention to prevent the anticipated increased prevalence of mental disorder and poor mental wellbeing.
 
The World Psychiatric Association occupies a unique position in the field of psychiatry and mental health. It was established in 1950 to promote the advancement in different areas of psychiatry and mental health and represents the voice of psychiatrists through national psychiatric societies. WPA’s 2020-23 Action Plan has highlighted public mental health as a priority area. The establishment of a public mental health working group to formulate recommendations for WPA’s future work was an important step towards achieving such goals and objectives for WPA’s work during the next triennium.
 
This briefing on public mental health on COVID-19 from WPA’s public mental health working group illustrates an approach that WPA would like to follow in coming years. The document exemplifies a population approach to mental health even more useful during situations such as COVID-19 which includes assessment of population need and steps to improve coverage, outcomes and coordination of different public mental health interventions to mitigate the crisis.
 
Thanks to Dr Jonathan Campion for leading this work which WPA is pleased to share with our members societies to support the reduction of COVID-19’s impact on population mental health.
 
Dr Afzal Javed
Chair WPA Standing Committee on Planning (2017-20)
President Elect
World Psychiatric Association
July 2020
 

Informational source: https://www.wpanet.org/

Related posts

3 December 2020

All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference "Mental Health: Integration of Approaches"

All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference "Mental Health: Integration of Approaches" will be held on 8 December 2020 on the Zoom platform.  ...

12 April 2016

Prof. Stavroula Leka, Chair of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) Scientific Committee “Work Organization&Psychosocial Factors”, has joined the International Organizing Committee

Prof. Stavroula Leka, Director of the Center for Organizational Health and Development, Chair of the International Commission on Occupational Health...

16 May 2022

V ALL-RUSSIAN INTERUNIVERSITY SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE «MENTAL HEALTH IN CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND YOUTH»

The Union for Mental Health (Moscow) in cooperation with the Zabaikalsk State University (Chita), the Bratsk State University (Bratsk), the...

19 September 2017

1st International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress

Source: www.perinatal2018international.org The 1st International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress is scheduled to take place at the International Conference Center in Sinaia, ROMANIA, on 27 –...

13 December 2019

Dr Afzal Javed President-Elect World Psychiatric Association Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues and Friends It is a great pleasure to invite you all to the III Congress on Mental Health:...

17 May 2021

WPA’s Regional Congress“Interdisciplinary understanding of co-morbidity in psychiatry: from science to integrated care”

WPA, in partnership with the Russian Society of Psychiatrists (RSP), is holding the WPA’s Regional Congress “Interdisciplinary understanding of co-morbidity...

3 April 2017

World Autism Awareness Day was held on April 2

  On April 2, various countries held charity events dedicated to World Autism Awareness Day. This day was established by...

20 November 2017

A HIGH EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION SHEET ON “MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE” RELEASED BY WHO

Source: http://www.who.int/mental_health/en/ The World Health Organization posted on its official website an extremely educational information sheet on one of the most vital problems...

5 December 2017

5 December - The International Volunteer Day

The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed...

4 September 2020

INITIATIVE FOR GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH IN SWITZERLAND

  Initiative for Global Mental Health in Switzerland Herbs and Mental Health   The Association Global Mental Health started in 2015,...