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Mental Health: Covid-19 and mental health services

Guide to library resources for staff of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne with an interest in mental health, psychiatry and psychology

Mental Health Services and Covid-19

This is a special issue of Mental Health Update dealing with the impact of Covid-19 and similar pandemics on mental health services.

Full text access: Most of these resources are freely accessible, but articles marked with an asterisk* require an SVHM login for offsite access. Readers from other organisations are welcome, but please note that some links will not work for you, and this library can only supply subscription based full text resources to SVHM staff and students.

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Contact: to subscribe, ask a question, or request an Endnote library of citations (SVHM staff only).  

Last update: 28 October 2020 (new articles are added to the top of the relevant section)

SVHM staff publications

Mental health services during pandemics


Other epidemics

Psychiatric inpatient units and pandemics


Previous epidemics

Research priorities

The scope of mental health research during the covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Hotopf M, Bullmore E, O'Connor RC, et al. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 2020, 217(4), 540-542.

Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science*. Holmes EA, O'Connor RC, Perry VH, et al. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2020, 7(6), 547-560.

How is Australia's mental health?

Mental health interventions during pandemics

Psychological therapies



Lived experience / mental health peer work during pandemics

A role for lived experience mental health leadership in the age of Covid-19. Byrne L, & Wykes T. Journal of Mental Health, 2020, 1-4.

Aged mental health during pandemics


Previous pandemics

Helen Wilding

Helen Wilding, Senior Research Librarian

Carl de Gruchy Library, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Literature Searching, Systematic Reviews, Mental Health liaison 
Thursdays, Fridays & alternate Wednesdays
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