What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on people with mental health problems and the services they use?

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Dafni Katsampa summarises a broad review which explores the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health care and people with pre-existing mental health problems.

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Staff views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health services and service users #COVIDMentalHealth

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Charlotte Huggett reviews a recent mixed-methods study from the Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which explores mental health staff views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health patients and services.

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Lockdown loneliness: who is lonely before and during the pandemic?

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Aggelos Stamos reviews a recent cohort study led by the team behind the UCL COVID-19 Social Study on the predictors of loneliness before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Loneliness and suicide: what’s the link and what role does depression play?

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Marlee Bower discusses a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies, which suggests that loneliness can predict future suicidal ideation and/or behaviour.

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Self-disgust, loneliness and depression: what’s the link?

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Joseph Lam and Syeda Akther review a recent study that investigated the links between self-disgust, loneliness and depression, and the mediating role of emotion regulation.

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Community navigators may help alleviate loneliness in people with anxiety or depression

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Martin Webber summarises promising results from a feasibility trial of community navigators for people with depression or anxiety using secondary mental health services.

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How ARE you doing? A study of the mental health of men in the seduction community

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Dave Steele summarises and critiques an ethnographic study using interviews and observations of the mental health of men in the seduction community.

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Psychological resilience to suicidal thoughts and behaviours in people with schizophrenia

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Emily Hielscher reviews a recent qualitative study that examines factors that contribute to psychological resilience to suicidal thoughts and behaviours in people with schizophrenia or psychosis.

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Mental health scientists stand up to COVID-19

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Alexandra Pitman, Sonia Johnson and Michael Bloomfield respond to the mental health and COVID-19 research priorities set out in a new position paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry on 15th April 2020.

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Loneliness and the psychosis continuum: can loneliness be a target for mental health services?

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Laurie Hare-Duke writes his debut elf blog on a recent meta-analysis on loneliness and the psychosis continuum, which finds that loneliness is associated with both positive and negative psychotic symptoms, and is more strongly associated with paranoia than with hallucinations.

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