mental health

COVID-19 sparks increased demand for mental health services: UNFPA

While the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been staggering, the full impact on health has been far greater, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).  The agency said fear, isolation, grief, economic stress  and shuttered support services have taken a toll on the mental well-being of people around the world.

COVID-19 disrupting critical mental health services, WHO warns

The global pandemic has disrupted critical mental health services in 93 per cent of the countries it surveyed, underscoring the devastating impact of COVID-19 and highlighting an urgent need to scale up funding, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said. 

Our ‘new normal’ requires human contact, UN chief tells youth webinar on mental health

How to adapt and move forward in the new reality of a COVID-19 world was the focus of a UN webinar on Wednesday, which considered how young people can maintain good mental health and a sense of wellbeing.

Move away from outdated ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental illness, urges independent UN expert

States, civil society, psychiatric organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) itself must change the way they address mental health challenges, a UN independent rights expert said, calling for a shift towards understanding the context behind mental distress. 

News in Brief 6 July 2020

  • Pope Francis echoes UN Security Council call for ceasefire
  • 4.5 million doses of COVID-beating drug secured for poorer nations
  • Countries should reject ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental health, says expert
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COVID-19 and Mental Health: Policy Brief

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on COVID-19 and the need for action on mental health.

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News in Brief 14 May 2020

  • UN leads call to protect most vulnerable, from COVID mental health crisis
  • Presidents and Prime Ministers lead call for ‘people’s vaccine’
  • Chemical industry must step up, to prevent more Bhopal-like disasters: UN expert
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UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID-19

Decades of neglect and underinvestment in addressing people’s mental health needs have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday, in a call for ambitious commitments from countries in the way they treat psychological illness, amid a potential global spike in suicides and drug abuse.

Protecting kids’ mental health during COVID-19, as important as physical fitness

It may seem obvious to an adult, but to a child it may not be so clear that they aren’t to blame if they get sick with COVID-19.

That’s one of the key messages that the World Health Organization - WHO - wants to convey as part of the UN campaign to promote good mental health during this incredibly stressful pandemic, full of unknowns.

Just ahead of the UN’s major update on mental health during the crisis, Daniel Johnson, spoke to Dr Fahmy Hanna, from the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use. 

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Still ‘a long way to go’ in coronavirus battle, WHO chief warns

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against complacency as countries continue to confront COVID-19 and citizens grow weary of stay-at-home measures aimed at preventing the spread of the disease.