During this period, mental health research is proceeding across UCL. IoMH is continuing its support and will be promoting these initiatives.
UCL have created a dedicated research page into work being undertaken around COVID-19.
In order for UCL to capture all research activities, policy work and industry partnerships, UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences is collating a list centrally. The list will help collate support to promote your work publicly and ensure UCL is aware of activity.
If you would like to be included, please email Sinead Kennedy, Director of Research Planning and Coordination, School of Life and Medical Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an outline of the work you're doing.
Mental Health and COVID-19
The Mental Health Policy Research Unit have released a national survey aimed at helping understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting on mental health services and the people who use these services, and what is being done to manage these impacts, across all sectors.The survey is intended for people who work in mental health care in the UK in any sector or any specialty. Responses will be fed back immediately after the survey is completed to the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, and to other key stakeholders and the public. You can take part in the survey by clicking the link.
A study led by Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Behavioural Science & Health) is looking into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK, recruiting a large sample of adults in the UK to help understand the effects of coronavirus and social distancing on individuals.
Led by Dr Michael Bloomfield (UCL Psychiatry), the COVID Trauma Response Working Group has been formed to help coordinate trauma-informed responses to the COVID outbreak, including guidance and evidence-based resources for clinicians coordinating psychosocial responses to COVID.
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IoMH blogs on Mental Health & COVID-19
Helen Killapsy, Professor of Rehabilitation Psychiatry (UCL Psychiatry) writes for Institute of Mental Health about why concerted action is needed urgently for people living in supported accommodation often staffed by people who are neither NHS or local authority care staff.
The mental health impact of COVID-19: looking forward. Why we need high-quality longitudinal studies.
Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Behavioural Science & Health) blogs on the potential effects of long-term social isolation, the covid19 study and a network of international longitudinal studies focused on mental health.
IoMH director, Prof Tony David, writes on whether psychiatrists have particular role to play during the pandemic.
Jennifer A. Foley, Edgar Chan, Natasja Van Harskamp & Lisa Cipolotti from the Department of Neuropsychology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCL Queen Square, have been talking about their response to the COVID-19 emergency.
PhD student, Anne Gaule (UCL PALS) has written about her experience following the lockdown and it's impact on her ability to complete her study of children in schools.
PhD student, Tayla McCloud (UCL Psychiatry) has written about the potential affect of the lockdown on university student mental health and how SENSE Study and You-COPE are tracking this.
When Private Optimism meets Public Despair: People adapt to threats like Covid-19 by maintaining positive and protective biases while reducing negative perceptions and emotions
PhD Student Laura K. Globig and Professor Tali Sharot, (Department of Experimental Psychology, UCL) talk about their study on how people perceived the danger of COVID-19 and how these perceived risks influenced our own well-being and behavior.
Screen survivors of Covid-19 for PTSD, say mental health experts, The Guardian, 28 June 2020.
Coronavirus affects mental health too – here's what we know, by Tony David, The Guardian, 20 May 2020.
Kindness can work wonders. Especially for the vulnerable, by Prof Peter Fonagy, The Observer, 17 May 2020.
'Urgent studies needed' into mental health impact of coronavirus, The Guardian, 15 April 2020.