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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Time to research wider community approaches to reducing social isolation?

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Heather McClelland writes her debut blog on a recent systematic review looking at the effectiveness of interventions aiming to reduce loneliness and social isolation.

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Mental health policy: are the “facts” based on “evidence”?

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Anjuli Kaul’s debut blog explores the latest evidence on the accuracy and accessibility of cited evidence in mental health policy documents.

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Physical activity participation in severe mental illness: one step closer? #ClosingTheGapSMI

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Suzan Hassan writes her debut elf blog on a recent research paper that highlights the factors associated with regular physical activity participation among people with severe mental illness.

Today sees the launch of the new Closing The Gap Network in York. Follow #ClosingTheGapSMI on Twitter for live updates throughout the day.

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Tackling loneliness in people with mental health problems

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Timothy Matthews reflects on a scoping review from last year entitled: A life less lonely – the state of the art in interventions to reduce loneliness in people with mental health problems.

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Loneliness in psychosis and related psychological and social factors

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Jingyi Wang publishes her debut blog on a recent systematic review of loneliness in psychosis, which shows that the relationship between loneliness and psychosis remains poorly understood due to a lack of high quality studies.

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