COVID-19: implications for mental health and wellbeing, now and in the future

West, Caryn, and Rouen, Christopher (2021) COVID-19: implications for mental health and wellbeing, now and in the future. In: Kuah, Adrian T.H., and Dillon, Roberto, (eds.) Digital Transformation in a Post-Covid World: sustainable innovation, disruption, and change. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, pp. 3-22.

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The expeditious spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (COVID-19) has forced individuals to rapidly adapt in the face of challenging circumstances. The fear of the virus, economic shock and unprecedented public health responses have significantly increased the number of people at risk of negative impacts on mental health and overall well-being. Current research suggests that COVID-19 has resulted in an increase in the prevalence of psychological distress within general populations and an intensification of psychological distress among individuals with pre-existing mental health disorders. Additionally, the numerous uncertainties caused by COVID-19 are predicted to increase suicide rates and mental disorders associated with suicide in the foreseeable future. Although it will be important to invest in mental health now to assist individuals in these challenging times, it is likely that the effects of COVID-19 will linger long after the virus is successfully contained, highlighting the need to minimise the echo effects of COVID-19 into the future.

Item ID: 70802
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-978-1-00-314871-5
Copyright Information: © 2022 selection and editorial matter, Adrian T.H. Kuah and Roberto Dillon; individual chapters, the contributors
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 22:19
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2099 Other health > 209999 Other health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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