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Mencap Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources


Mencap have created a hub of resources for people with a learning disability and families and also for support workers and healthcare professionals working with this group. The hub includes helpful advice and information and covers topics such as: going to hospital, keeping busy and activity ideas, changes to the Care Act, information from other organisations, information for support workers and healthcare professionals.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Mencap in Kirklees: provider responsiveness

Mencap in Kirklees

Practice example about how Mencap in Kirklees has responded during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to provide day care services, domiciliary care and residential care for adults with learning disabilities. Also covers some of the challenges and learning points.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Mental capacity during COVID-19: advice for social care

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Coronavirus (COVID-19) quick guides and webinars about the Mental Capacity Act (MCA).

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Mental Health Action Plan

Northern Ireland. Department of Health

This Mental Health Action Plan aims to improve people’s experience of mental health services in Northern Ireland and ensure the health and social care system work better to be able to improve people’s experience. The actions in this plan fall into three broad categories: immediate service developments, longer term strategic objectives and preparatory work for future strategic decisions. The first category aims to provide fixes to immediate problems and immediate service developments where there has been an identified immediate need. This includes, for example, consideration of alternative methods of working for the mental health workforce to respond to the immediate, and significant, workforce pressures. The longer-term strategic objectives aim to fulfil future strategic needs and includes, for example, a workforce review to consider how the mental health workforce should be structured. The third category relates to preparatory work for future strategic directions. This includes, for example, development of an action plan for the use of technology and creating better governance structures. The document also contains a COVID-19 Mental Health Response Plan as an annex, which outlines key areas of intervention during the pandemic to help and support the population as a whole.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Mental health and Covid-19: in our own words

Barnardo's UK

Explores children and young people’s experiences of lockdown and identifies what they will need to support their mental health and wellbeing coming out of this pandemic. The report draws on findings from an in-depth UK-wide survey of more than 100 children and young people supported by Barnardo’s and insights from nearly 150 children and young people, gathered through youth workers’ local networks. It examines the impact of COVID-19, mental health and inequalities, and what worked well during the lockdown, and explores the implications of the pandemic for children and young people in a number of settings and domains, including: spending time with family, keeping contact with friends, routine and structure, education and employment, sleep, exercise and diet, hobbies and leisure, and community-based services and support. The report identifies three priorities for UK decision makers: recognise the disproportionate impact the pandemic and lockdown has had on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing; learn from what children and young people tell us works; and support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing at the earliest possible stage. The report sets out a series of recommendations, calling for a greater involvement of children and young people in ‘recovery planning’ and provision of long term, sustainable funding for the redesign of local support for children, young people and families’ mental health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Mental health and COVID-19: is the virus racist?

British Journal of Psychiatry

COVID-19 has changed our lives and it appears to be especially harmful for some groups more than others. Black and Asian ethnic minorities are at particular risk and have reported greater mortality and intensive care needs. Mental illnesses are more common among Black and ethnic minorities, as are crisis care pathways including compulsory admission. This editorial sets out what might underlie these two phenomena, explaining how societal structures and disadvantage generate and can escalate inequalities in crises.

Last updated on hub: 19 August 2020

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 outbreak

World Health Organization

Summarises key messages that can be used in communications to support the mental and psychosocial well-being of different groups during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It includes messages for health care workers, health care managers, care providers of children, older adults, people with underlying health conditions, and people in isolation.

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2020

Mental health and wellbeing amongst people with informal caring responsibilities across different time points during the COVID-19 pandemic: a population-based propensity score matching analysis


Aims. Due to a prolonged period of national and regional lockdown measures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has been an increase reliance on informal care and a consequent increase in care intensity for informal carers. In light of this, the current study compared the experiences of carers and non-carers on various mental health and wellbeing measures across 5 key time points during the pandemic. Methods. Data analysed were from the UCL COVID -19 Social Study. Our study focused on 5 time points in England: (i) the first national lockdown (March-April 2020; N=12,053); (ii) the beginning of lockdown rules easing (May 2020; N=24,374); (iii) further easing (July 2020; N=21,395); (iv) new COVID-19 restrictions (September 2020; N=4,792); and (v) the three-tier system restrictions (October 2020; N=4,526). This study considered 5 mental health and wellbeing measures- depression, anxiety, loneliness, life satisfaction and sense of worthwhile. Propensity score matching were applied for the analyses. Results. This study found that informal carers experienced higher levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety than non-carers across all time points. During the first national lockdown, carers also experienced a higher sense of life being worthwhile. No association was found between informal caring responsibilities and levels of loneliness and life satisfaction. Conclusion. Given that carers are an essential national health care support, especially during a pandemic, it is crucial to integrate carers' needs into healthcare planning and delivery. These results highlight there is a pressing need to provide adequate and targeted mental health support for carers during and following this pandemic. [Note: This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.]

Last updated on hub: 26 January 2021

Mental health consequences of COVID-19 pandemic on adult population: a systematic review

Mental Health Review Journal

Purpose: The spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has infected millions of people worldwide. Public health emergencies caused by COVID-19 affect not only people’s physical health but also mental health. This paper aims to summarize recent research findings on the mental health impact of COVID-19 experienced by the general adult population. Design/methodology/approach: This paper used a systematic approach and aimed to review the literature on mental health problems faced by general adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. The PubMed database has been selected randomly from the Google Scholar, Cochrane Library, Embase and PubMed databases. Ten journal articles published between January and July 2020 were selected from the PubMed database for the final review. Findings: There is growing evidence that COVID-19 may be an objective risk factor for mental distress among the general adult population. More psychological and social support should be provided to protect adult people’s mental health. Practical implications: This review will help policymakers develop mental health interventions for the general adult population vulnerable to psychological distress because of COVID-19 pandemic. Originality/value: This paper is original and contributes to the existing knowledge that the mental health challenges of COVID-19 are widespread. There is, therefore, a need for more psychological interventions for adults, older adults, in particular, to promote mental health and reduce the distress associated with public health emergencies caused by COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 27 February 2021

Mental health considerations during COVID-19 outbreak

World Health Organization

Advice from the World Health Organisation on the considerations people should take to combat stress and support their mental and psychological well-being during coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The advice covers considerations for the general population, health professionals and care workers, team leaders and managers, those caring for children or older people, and for people living in self-isolation.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

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