The potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health outcomes in societies with economic and political instability: the case of Lebanon

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, Assi, M. and Maatouk, I., 2020. The potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health outcomes in societies with economic and political instability: the case of Lebanon. Mental Health Review Journal. ISSN 1361-9322

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Abstract

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that has rapidly spread to most cities in the world since December 2019 causing a rise in global mortality and associated adverse effects on mental health. Lebanese society has a predisposition to poor mental health due to its history of deadly military conflicts and political instability. More recently, it is also experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history with unprecedented rates of unemployment, inflation, poverty, and devaluation of the national currency. The lockdown measures are possibly depriving the Lebanese society of essential coping mechanisms such as group memberships (religion), social support, and community involvement. Mental health services are still in their formative phases in Lebanon and mostly run by civil society organizations. There is an urgent need for a national action plan to respond to the expected poor mental health burden and use of maladaptive coping strategies across the population.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Mental Health Review Journal
Creators: Jaspal, R., Assi, M. and Maatouk, I.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 24 August 2020
ISSN: 1361-9322
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/MHRJ-05-2020-0027DOI
1334903Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Jun 2020 10:06
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2020 07:47
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40081

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