The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Services in the Americas: Results of a Rapid Assessment, November 2020
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Major stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic represent risk factors for the development, exacerbation and relapse of a range of mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders, particularly in the most vulnerable groups. National studies from the Region of the Americas, demonstrate increases in distress, depression, anxiety, and insomnia, among other conditions, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, COVID-19 itself is associated with neurological and mental complications. This report is based on the results of a survey, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and implemented by the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which was sent to designated mental health focal points in ministries of health of all WHO Member States. It uses data submitted by PAHO Member States in response to the survey to provide an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on MNS services in the Region of the Americas. This information will help to inform planning and response to mitigate the effects by countries in the Region.
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