Document Type : Global Perspectives


1 Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Molise

2 University of Montpellier, INSERM and Nimes University Hospital, France

3 Department of Translational Medicine, University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy

4 Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Jimenez Diaz Foundation, Madrid, Spain

5 Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy

6 Mental Health Liaison Service, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK

7 Department of Psychiatry, Universidad de Oviedo, Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBERSAM), Oviedo, Spain

8 Department of Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.

9 Department of Mental Health, University Hospital Parc Taulí-I3PT, Barcelona Spain

10 Middlesex University London, Department of Psychology, School of Science and Technology, London, UK

11 Department of Emergency psychiatry and Acute Care, University Hospital of Montpellier, Montpellier, France

12 "Lucian Blaga"University of Sibiu, "Dr. Gh. Preda" Psychiatric Hospital in Sibiu

13 School of Psychology, Bangor University

14 Research Department Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

15 Hospital Magalhães de Lemos, Faculty of Medicine (FMUP), EpiUnit, Public Health Institute, University of Porto (ISPUP), Porto, Portugal

16 Serviço de Psiquiatria e Saúde Mental, Centro Hospitalar do Oeste, Portugal

17 University of Paris (Paris-Descartes University), Paris, France

18 Department of Public Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic

19 Department of Sociology, East West University, Bangladesh

20 Department of Psychiatry, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands & Mental Health institute, GGZ Westelijk Noord-Brabant, Halsteren, the Netherlands

21 Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Clinical Center, Medical School, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

22 Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK

23 National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

24 Medicine and Pharmacy University of Craiova, Neurosychiatric Hospital in Craiova

25 CPB Mental Health Services. Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Program. Barcelona, Spain

26 artment of Psychiatry, Universidad de Oviedo, Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBERSAM), Oviedo, Spain

27 Nursing School of Coimbra, Health Sciences Research Unit, Coimbra, Portugal

28 Department of psychiatry and clinical psychology U6, Centre Psychothérapique de Nancy, Laxou, France

29 Department of Health Sciences, HYMS, University of York, UK


In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The Section on Suicidology and Suicide Prevention of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) wants to raise awareness about the potential increase in mental health disorders and suicides as a result of the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and of the necessary restrictive measures adopted worldwide to contain its spread. Even if fear, worries and symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress can be considered a natural response to this global crisis, some individuals are overexposed to its potential negative effects, such as healthcare workers, COVID-19 and psychiatric patients, prisoners, members of the LGBTQ+ community, migrants (including migrant workers), ethnic minorities and asylum seekers and internally displaced populations. Nevertheless, social support, resilience, a supportive work environment and other protective factors may buffer the impact of this crisis on mental health. These unprecedented times are calling for unprecedented efforts. Evidence-based and coordinated actions to prevent the risk of increased mental health disorders and suicide are needed. However, most of the data about COVID-19 impact on mental health comes from online surveys using non-probability and convenience sample in which females are often over-represented. For this reason the quality of future research should be also improved.


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