Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health

United Nations

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.