The Isolation, The Fear, The Uncertainty

“The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil – they all cause or could cause psychological distress,”… “The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently”



IIMHL & IIDL Leadership Briefing VIII

COVID-19: The long term impacts on mental health

and financial inequality with - solutions

Janet Peters, Kathy Langlois, Steve Appleton, & Fran Silvestri


11 May 2020


This Briefing includes a report from The Wellbeing Trust which describes “deaths of

despair” for the US and gives policy solutions that have applicability for all countries.

In addition there are two articles from the Mental Health Foundation in the UK about

the long-term effects of COVID-19 on mental health and financial insecurity. The

findings of an ongoing research project led by the Mental Health Foundation

underscores the information presented..

Projected Deaths of Despair from COVID-19

Petterson et al, Well Being Trust, 8th May 2020 Read more... PDF Download link


Devora Kestel, director mental health department WHO

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