This UN policy brief presents three urgently recommended actions to minimize the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. Apply a whole-of-society approach to promote, protect and care for mental health
2. Ensure widespread availability of emergency mental health and psychosocial support
3. Support recovery from COVID-19 by building mental health services for the future
The policy brief notes that specific population groups, including children, are showing high degrees of COVID-19-related psychological distress. It calls for measures to address the mental health needs of children.