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Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19

Edited by Runsen Chen and Yuanyuan Wang

This special collection in Globalization and Health will investigate the influence of COVID-19 on mental health across different countries. We call for articles focusing on timely concerns of COVID-19-related mental health impacts in the general population, patients infected with COVID-19, health professionals, and special groups such as children, adolescents, the elderly and patients with psychiatric disorders. This collection welcomes submission of review, research, debate, and commentary articles covering the following:

  • Evidence-based interventions to improve mental well being during the COVID-19 period
  • Mental health impacts on frontline health professionals facing COVID-19-related risks of occupational exposure and overloaded work stress
  • Mental health of the immigrants and migrants facing hostility, discrimination, or stigmatization associated with their perceived connection with COVID-19 and its rapid international spread 
  • Impact of social media COVID-19 coverage and use on mental health outcomes, with potential elevated psychological distress  
  • Psychological responses in special populations (children and adolescents, elderly, psychiatric patients) who face unique challenges when accessing healthcare resources that are now under severe COVID-19-related stress and demand
  • COVID-19-related mental health support and management in terms of pandemic outbreak emergency response, service delivery disparities in low and middle income countries, suggestions for improving health care system and policies, implications for mental health interventions, and evaluations of the current response to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Social inequities in the mental health impacts of the epidemic, for example related to financial stress, unemployment caused by the pandemic, inequity in accessing healthcare and important health-related resources (food, shelter, water), and limited knowledge towards disease control and self-protection

This collection will undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please indicate in the covering letter that the manuscript is submitted to this special collection.

The deadline for submitting to this collection is 31 December 2020. The Editors invite contributors to send queries or abstracts to determine suitability for the collection, prior to submitting a full article, if they wish to do so.

  1. The health crisis caused by COVID-19 has led many countries to opt for social quarantine of the population. During this quarantine, communication systems have been characterized by disintermediation, the accelera...

    Authors: Álex Escolà-Gascón, Francesc-Xavier Marín, Jordi Rusiñol and Josep Gallifa

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:72

    Content type: Research

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  2. The outbreak of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) could increase the risk of depression. However, epidemiological data on outbreak-associated depressive morbidity of female adolescents are not available. Thi...

    Authors: Jiaojiao Zhou, Xiaofei Yuan, Han Qi, Rui Liu, Yaqiong Li, Huanhuan Huang, Xu Chen and Gang Wang

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:69

    Content type: Research

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  3. The positive predictive effect of altruism on physical and psychological well-being has been extensively demonstrated in previous studies, but few studies have examined the effect of altruism on negative menta...

    Authors: Yi Feng, Min Zong, Zhizun Yang, Wen Gu, Dan Dong and Zhihong Qiao

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:61

    Content type: Research

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  4. Coronavirus Disease is impacting the entire world. As the first country that has needed to confront this disease, China has responded with unprecedented and hugely successful public health initiatives. Almost ...

    Authors: Shitao Chen, Feihan Li, Chaihua Lin, Yuge Han, Xilun Nie, Robert N. Portnoy and Zhihong Qiao

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:59

    Content type: Commentary

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  5. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on public mental health. Therefore, monitoring and oversight of the population mental health during crises such as a panedmic is an immediate priority. The ai...

    Authors: Nader Salari, Amin Hosseinian-Far, Rostam Jalali, Aliakbar Vaisi-Raygani, Shna Rasoulpoor, Masoud Mohammadi, Shabnam Rasoulpoor and Behnam Khaledi-Paveh

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:57

    Content type: Research

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  6. During the COVID-19 pandemic, as a large city located in Southwest China, Chengdu was mainly affected by imported cases. For a psychiatric hospital, the enclosed management model, the crowded wards and the unc...

    Authors: Jiajia Chen, Maoxiang Xiong, Zongling He, Wen Shi, Yuchuan Yue and Manxi He

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:53

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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