World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2020 – Mental health remains among the leading causes of ill-health and disability, with about 450 million people suffering worldwide (WHO’s World Health Report, 2001). This number is expected to increase as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and its containment measures: anxiety, depression, stress and many other mental health consequences of the pandemic will have to be addressed in the coming months.
Professor Philip Gorwood, President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), states: “Mental health, which is a key component of health and well-being, has been challenged by the Coronavirus crisis. The pandemic created a large increase of the need for mental health and psychosocial support, all stakeholders should therefore work together to provide adequate resources for ensuring that everyone has access to quality care. People with pre-existing psychiatric conditions are indeed at increased risk of contracting the disease, feeling more anxious and depressed, developing a severe form of the disorder, and dying from COVID-19”.
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