W. Gaebel, Germany
Moderator Of 3 Sessions
The work of psychiatrists has been profoundly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., redeployment, shifting institutional priorities, sudden massive use of telehealth services). At the same time, mental health concerns in the population have been exacerbated by the pandemic (e.g., due to isolation, anxiety, substance use), resulting in increased need for services at a time when accessing services is more difficult. This symposium will present the results of two large longitudinal studies that speak to these issues. The first is a global, multilingual study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical practice and well-being of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. Results will be presented from two waves of data collection with members of the World Health Organization's Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN), comprising 15,500 clinicians from 159 countries. The first speaker will focus on predictors of distress, occupational burnout, and practice disruption over time and the use of distance technologies for evaluation and treatment. The second and third speakers will focus on China and Russia, examining impact on GCPN members as a function of the course of the pandemic in those countries. The fourth speaker will focus on the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among a representative sample of the general population of Madrid (n = 900), interviewed by telephone at two time points. The symposium will consider the implications of the results for the delivery of mental health services and for programs and policies that protect well-being and reduce occupational burnout among psychiatrists.
Presenter Of 4 Presentations
S0020 - The Integrative Function of a Transnational Policy and Roadmap for Action Planning in Implementing Digital Mental Health
In times of global crisis like the present Covid-19 pandemic, digital technology is rapidly conquering the health and mental health & care sector, speeding up e-Mental Health (eMH) implementation on a regional, national and global scale.
Making this an organized move, guidance and regulation, legislation and training, but basically also awareness and acceptance building need to ensure the use of efficient, safe and high-quality eMH products and services. Special attention needs to focus on broadening public and professional eMH literacy, providing needs-tailored approaches for target groups, and training mental health workforce and services. Guidance, evaluation and involvement of relevant stakeholders should help to identify how citizens will best benefit from eMH&Care in its various forms.
The Transnational Policy for e-Mental Health, a guidance document for European policymakers and stakeholders has been developed by the Interreg-funded eMEN project (www.nweurope.eu/emen) in six EU countries to promote implementation of high-quality eMH & care across NW-Europe. Project partners from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK contributed to product and policy-guidance development, promoting communication and research.
eMEN is currently continuing its work in the Interreg-funded Capitalisation phase to scaling up the implementation of eMH&Care. The Transnational Policy within the scope of national information and training sessions on eMH will be promoted for action planning and implementation by policymakers and stakeholders at the national level. Further meetings will also take place at the European level to promote and support implementation of eMH&Care in NW-Europe and beyond.