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Youth mental health in the time of COVID-19

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posted on 2022-02-01, 14:18 authored by Emmet PowerEmmet Power, S Hughes, David CotterDavid Cotter, Mary CannonMary Cannon
Youth mental health is a rapidly developing field with a focus on prevention, early identification, treatment innovation and service development. In this perspective piece, we discuss the effects of COVID-19 on young people's mental health. The psychosocial effects of COVID-19 disproportionately affect young people. Both immediate and longer-term factors through which young people are affected include social isolation, changes to the delivery of therapeutic services and almost complete loss of all structured occupations (school, work and training) within this population group. Longer-term mechanisms include the effects of the predicted recession on young people's mental health. Opportunities within this crisis exist for service providers to scale up telehealth and digital services that may benefit service provision for young people's mental health in the future.


Health Research Board ‘YouLead’ Collaborative Doctoral Award (Grant code 18210A01)

European Research Council Consolidator Award (Grant code 724809 iHEAR)

Health Research Board ILP POR 2017-039

Health Research Board ILP POR 2019-0005



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Published Citation

Power E, Hughes S, Cotter D, Cannon M. Youth mental health in the time of COVID-19. Ir J Psychol Med. 2020;37(4):301-305

Publication Date

2 July 2020

PubMed ID



  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Psychiatry

Research Area

  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders


Cambridge University Press (CUP)


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