Are you all right? How COVID-19 is impacting mental health

Friday, October 9, 2020
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A WPL-Centene report casts light on how COVID-19 is impacting mental health

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected billions of people and has subsequently impacted many people’s mental health. 

According to the World Health Organisation close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide.  

On Mental Health Day 2020, Women Political Leaders (WPL) is excited to announce its most recent research project with the support of the Centene Corporation, a multi-national healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives.

The report aims to offer authoritative and realistic benchmarks to facilitate effective policymaking in the field of mental healthcare and includes both quantitative and qualitative analyses. 

The report will present an up-to-date mapping of the current state of mental healthcare in the 27 Europe member states as well as the United Kingdom. Information will be collated from publicly-available data sources.  Survey contributions will provide insights to help improve policymaking in the field. 

The initial findings of this report will be revealed at the Reykjavik Global Forum – Women Leaders, 9-11 November on 9 November on the occasion of a web-streamed session specifically focusing on mental health. 

To ensure a holistic approach to healthcare, mental health must be taken into careful consideration by policymakers, governments, and healthcare providers.