Mental health and the pandemic: living, caring, acting!
As part of the European Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 the European Commission holds the online event Mental health and the pandemic: living, caring, acting! on May 10, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 5:15 PM CET.
Organizer: European Commission
What does it mean to live in a world defined by COVID-19 and to provide care in this pandemic age?
This one-day, virtual event during the European Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 aims to highlight the mental health impact of COVID-19 along five themes - understanding – living – caring – responding – acting – by
- giving a voice to those affected
- illustrating what it means to live in a world defined by COVID-19; looking at the situation of different groups in our society, including people with pre-existing mental health problems and those providing care
- sharing examples and promising practices
- exploring what we know and what we need to understand better
- discussing how to ensure that our health systems are well-equipped, now and in the future
Background on mental health impact of COVID-19:
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its mental health impact has been overwhelming. The virus has brought anxiety and grief; social distancing increased loneliness; school closures put pupils, parents and teachers under stress; diagnosis were delayed and afflicted patients found it harder to continue treatment; health care workers faced strain and exhaustion. The mental well-being of EU citizens has been put to the test in an unprecedented manner.
Even when the EU succeed in making good strides to contain the virus itself, the mental health consequences of the fight will resonate within the societies for some time to come. Thus, we need to encourage mental health resilience, tackle the current mental health consequences of the pandemic, and make sure our society and services are ready to meet future mental health needs.