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World will face a mental health crisis after coronavirus pandemic, experts warn

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The world is likely to face a global crisis in poor mental health after the coronavirus pandemic has passed, experts have warned.

Two dozen mental health scientists including neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and public health experts have warned of the long-term impact of the virus on people’s mental health and demanded governments prioritise research to come up with evidence-based treatments.

They also called for real-time monitoring of mental health in the UK and across the world in order to gauge the severity of the expected increase in poor mental wellbeing.

Their warning, in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, comes as a new Ipsos Mori survey carried out at the end of March revealed people’s mental health was already being affected by the UK lockdown and self-isolation policy.

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Source: The Independent, 16 April 2020

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