Date 2021
Organisation OECD
Resource Type Report
Language English

The COVID19 crisis has heightened the risk factors generally associated with poor mental health financial insecurity, unemployment, fear while protective factors social connection, employment and educational engagement, access to physical exercise, daily routine, access to health services fell dramatically. This has led to a significant and unprecedented worsening of population mental health. Across countries, the mental health of unemployed people and those experiencing financial insecurity was worse thanthatof the general population a trend that predates the pandemic, but seems to have accelerated in some cases. OECDcountries have responded with decisive efforts to scaleup mental health services, and put into place measures to protect jobs and incomes, thereby reducing mental distress for some. However, the scale of mental distress since the start of the pandemic requires more integrated, wholeofsociety mental health support if it is not to lead to permanent scarring.