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Research watch: Coronavirus (COVID-19), mental health and social inclusion in the UK and Ireland

Sue Holttum (Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, School of Psychology and Life Sciences, Canterbury Christ Church University, Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 3 July 2020

Issue publication date: 21 August 2020




This paper aims to examine recent papers on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, including implications for some of the groups of people already less included in society.


A search was carried out for recent papers on mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Two papers describe surveys of adults in the UK and Irish Republic in the first days of lockdown. Low income and loss of income were associated with anxiety and depression. These surveys could not examine distress in Black and minority ethnicities, who have higher death rates from COVID-19. Two surveys of children and young people report distress and what can help. One paper summarises a host of ways in which the pandemic may affect mental well-being in different groups, and what might help. Another calls for research to understand how to protect mental well-being in various groups.


These five papers give a sense of the early days of the pandemic, especially in the UK. They also highlight the needs of some specific groups of people, or the need to find out more about how these groups experience the pandemic. They suggest some ways of trying to ensure that everyone has the best chance to thrive in the aftermath of the pandemic.



Holttum, S. (2020), "Research watch: Coronavirus (COVID-19), mental health and social inclusion in the UK and Ireland", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 117-123.



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