Inequalities in accessing dementia care and support during COVID-19

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Catherine Talbot reviews a recent qualitative study on accessing post-diagnostic dementia care before and since COVID-19, which highlights the need to reduce inequalities in dementia care.

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

When interpreting the results from this study, the recruitment method and representativeness of the sample need to be considered.

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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Dementia care during COVID-19: difficult choices for unpaid carers

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In her debut blog, Catherine Talbot reviews a recent qualitative study, which explores the decision-making process for receiving paid home care for people with dementia during COVID-19.

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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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Loneliness in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic: All the lonely people, where [in Canada] do they all come from?

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Heather McClelland reviews a recent study which explores who is most likely to experience loneliness in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What can we do to support the mental health of frontline health and social care workers during the pandemic?

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Nikki Nabavi reviews a mixed methods systematic review that looks at interventions to support frontline health and social care staff during and after a disease outbreak, epidemic or pandemic.

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Is there a causal link between mental health problems and risk of COVID-19 infection?

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In his debut blog, Andrew Steptoe summarises two recent papers using electronic health record datasets, which suggest that having a psychiatric diagnosis may put people at risk of COVID-19 infection.

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