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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 365-372

Impact of COVID-19 on mental health: Update from the United Kingdom


1 Immediate Past President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB, Nottinghamshire DN22 0PD England, UK
2 The Royal College of Psychiatrists, London and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Rampton Hospital, Woodbeck, Nottinghamshire DN22 0PD England, UK

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Prof. Wendy Burn
Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB
UK
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_937_20

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In January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new corona virus disease, COVID-19 to be public health Emergency of International concern and by March 2020 it had progressed rapidly across several continents to be a pandemic. After COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic the U.K. Government placed strict measures in mid-March 2020 to limit spread by enforcing social distancing, travel restrictions and complete lockdown. In U.K. by end of April 2020 official estimates of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases reached 161,000 and the number of deaths has exceeded 26,000 in hospitals and in care homes. COVID-19 continues to have an impact on all aspects of life in U.K. The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), London, a leading professional body of U.K. and global mental health professionals was prompt to act in this public health emergency. RCPsych has issued guidance for clinicians, patients & carers, organised a series of webinars to support members and undertook a membership survey. It has played a crucial role in influencing national policy decisions. This article will focus on mental health impact of COVID-19 pandemic in U.K. and the initiatives taken by RCPsych.



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