Policy Brief: Covid-19 and Mental Health
Jumaa, Jinan Abi; Wirsching, Michael; Salunkhe, Gayatri; Kuhn, Eva; Schmid, Susanne; Uribe, Franziska Laporte – 2022
• The Covid-19 pandemic is paradigmatic of systemic biopsychosocial model-based diseases and their resulting disorders. • This disease requires interdisciplinary under- standing and integrative action to address, from prevention to treatment and follow-up care. Still, it is very basic. Often, interactions involving psychological factors are addressed only in isolation. • Lack of human resources, limited interdisciplinary action, and disciplinary prejudices and barriers result in failure to exploit the potential of integrative psychosocial approaches, in both the Global South and the Global North. • Persistent psychological disorders cause additional stress during the human lifespan and reduce the chances of a full recovery after the “physical recovery”. • The personal and the economic costs of neglecting Covid-19-associated and comorbid mental disorders are considerable.