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VIRTUAL EVENT: How do we trust (again)? Paranoia and mental health

16 June 2021, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

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This webinar will focus on stress and our mental health and how individuals from the UK compare to those from other countries including the USA, Greece, Italy, and Hong Kong.

This event is free.

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Dr Keri Wong

A little bit of stress is good for us, but if prolonged, stress can be harmful both physically and mentally. The current global COVID-19 pandemic has been, and continues to be, a global stressor for many people.

Existing COVID studies have reported high levels of mental health issues, though the evidence is largely cross-sectional, narrowly focused on a few mental health indicators (anxiety, depression, and loneliness). Many studies do not account for the comorbidity between psychological/mental health constructs. In this talk, we will build and extend on past findings.

We applied network analysis to data collected from two-waves of the study – between April to July 2020 and October 2020 to January 2021.

We mapped out a wide range of mental health symptoms to identify which mental health variable is most influential and should be a target for intervention. This helps us understand who is most vulnerable and in need of help.

In this talk we will discuss differences and similarities across age groups, gender, countries (UK vs. other countries) and UK lockdown periods to inform strategies to better cope and recover from this pandemic.

Join us to learn about the ways to cope with stress during these challenging times.



  • Dr Wang Yi, Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Dr Keri Wong, Assistant Professor of Psychology, UCL Institute of Education


  • Dr Emma Barkus, Senior Lecturer, University of Northumbria
  • Mitch Cooke, Head of Sustainability, Greengage Environmental


  •  Evi Katsapi, Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Education

UCL-Penn Global COVID Study webinar series

The UCL-Penn Global COVID Study is hosting a virtual webinar series, ‘Lessons from COVID-19: Reflections, Resilience and Recovery‘, sponsored by UCL Global Engagement. 

The five webinars will cover a range of topics including COVID’s impact on mental health in the general population across different countries, family relationships and social trust in others, postgraduate student wellbeing in higher education and the type of support we need to recover.