Supporting frontline health and social care workers during COVID-19: experiences of mental health professionals

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Laura Culshaw reviews a recent qualitative study on the experiences of mental health professionals supporting frontline health and social care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Living with mental health problems during COVID-19: how does it feel?

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In her debut blog, Anjana Greedharee reviews a co-produced, participatory qualitative study on the experiences of living with mental health problems 
during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

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Suicide rates in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-national data provide no evidence of an increase

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Karel Kieslich, Rosalind McAlpine and Alexandra Pitman review a recent study exploring suicide trends in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic with real-time data from 21 countries.

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PTSD, anxiety and depression in UK frontline health care workers during COVID-19

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In his debut blog, Will Kapurura summarises a paper that explores the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of healthcare workers in the UK during the early part of the 2020 pandemic.

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Mental health interventions for healthcare staff in infectious disease outbreaks

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In her debut blog, Bryony Porter summarises a systematic review exploring interventions to address mental health issues in healthcare workers during infectious disease outbreaks.

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Death from COVID-19: should we be prioritising people with schizophrenia for vaccination?

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In her debut blog, Aneta Zarska reviews a cohort study which looks at the links between death from COVID-19 and a range of mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, depression and anxiety.

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Diagnostic accuracy of salvia tests for SARS-CoV-2

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This review of the use and diagnostic accuracy of saliva tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 included 16 studies. THe findings suggests good diagnostic accuracy but furteher research is needed to determine confounding factors such as method and time of sample collection, transport medium, storage etc. prior to population testing.

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COVID-19 impact on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and professionals supporting them

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A group of MSc students from UCL provide an empirical summary of the evidence exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with intellectual disabilities, their families and the mental health professionals supporting them.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is harming our mental health, and it’s affecting some more than others

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In his debut blog, Christian Dalton-Locke reviews a recent longitudinal (online survey) study, which looks at mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research finds that women, young adults, those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with pre-existing mental health problems were affected worse than others.

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Will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to a mental health pandemic?

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In his debut blog, KCL student George Bougas explores a recent longitudinal study looking at mental health outcomes before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

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