Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health care delivery: A narrative review

V. Binil, K. Y. Divya*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Mental health care professionals across the globe should be prepared to contain the spread of COVID-19 among clients with mental illness and should adopt appropriate strategies to manage them effectively. Objective: The objective of this review was to summarize the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health delivery. Methods: A comprehensive literature search was done to identify the effect of COVID-19 global pandemic in mental health delivery. Articles addressing mental health concerns of COVID-19 and its impact on preexisting mental illness and mental health care delivery, available free download in English language were included. A total of nine primary studies published from the onset of COVID-19 until 15th July 2020 were referred to prepare this narrative review. Result: There is evidence that patients with preexisting mental illnesses shows increase in stress, anxiety, sleep disturbances and COVID-19 related delusions and hallucinations during this global pandemic. The proposed drug treatment for COVID-19 and the imposed restrictions on the public to prevent the spread of the disease had resulted in exacerbation of existing mental illness or triggered new mental illness. Conclusion: There should be more research coming up to understand the real effect of COVID-19 on mental health care delivery and possible alternatives to global mental health delivery at the time of global pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Communicable Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 31 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Impact on mental health
  • Mental health care
  • Pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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