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WPA’s Upcoming Webinar on COVID-19 and Mental Health - International Perspectives



World Psychiatric Association’s (WPA) Section on Transcultural Psychiatry will be holding a free webinar discussing COVID-19 and its impact on mental health from an international perspective.


On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 to be a worldwide pandemic. The global pandemic caused by SARS-COV-2 has had a notable impact across the globe. The incidence of COVID-19 and death rates has been substantially higher among ethnic minorities, migrants, and economically exposed groups. In addition, persons with psychiatric disorders are at increased risk for virus transmission and death.


One of the main public health strategies adopted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic consisted of implementing strict lockdowns to stop the transmission of the virus. Despite being an effective measure, the confinement and the associated social isolation created a stressful, potentially lengthy situation that has been proven to have several psychological consequences. Therefore, several stressors, fears of infection, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma have been correlated with psychopathological symptoms as well as post-traumatic symptoms. Furthermore, these people face many barriers to accessing health care and preventive vaccinations.


In this webinar, the WPA Transcultural Psychiatry will focus on transcultural aspects of COVID-19 in different parts of the world and is designed for all mental health professionals.


Webinar date: 29th October 2021

Time: 3-5 pm, CET

Webinar details: More information and webinar programme can be found here.

Please send your registration to: Xandra Herrmann xandra.herrmann@charite.de

(You will receive the access data by email prior to the webinar)

Webinar Chairs: Prof. Dr. Meryam Schouler-Ocak and Prof. Dr. Sergio Javier Villaseñor-Bayardo


Author: WPA

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