coronavirus

Recent studies suggest that loss of the sense of smell is an early symptom of COVID-19 (Gane et al., 2020; Lechien et al., 2020). Researchers at King’s College London collected data from over 1.5 million individuals using a mobile app where people noted their symptoms. Out of...

Working in drug and alcohol research for over 10 years, I am still shocked that one of the few daily comforts many people have is something that actively sickens and makes them poorer with every use. Yet, in times of crisis, in times of pain, and amongst poverty, smoking is...

You published an article around a week ago, on the Unherd website. Can you summarise the main points?
I had been reading a slew of...

I am noticing a strong tension in my counselling work: even though I find the adverse circumstances are asking a lot of me personally and professionally, at the same time I am witnessing my therapeutic relationships deepening and strengthening. My clients and I may both be...

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, staff have increasingly reached out to me for support. For most healthcare workers, their working lives have become unpredictable, potentially increasing their risk for psychological distress (Lai et al., 2020). I have spent time listening to...

Mark [all names changed] pondered: ‘Maybe nothing will happen now, what with the Coronavirus’. ‘Yeah exactly,’ I responded. ‘We just don’t know right now. Things will move ahead we might just have to be a bit creative.’ I said this as much for him as for myself. I had spent...

The current coronavirus pandemic has forced mental health outpatient services to close their doors and transition their practice to telephone or video consultations. Remote mental health interventions including telephone or video calls, and digital interventions such as...

In the relative calm of 2019, children and young people's mental-health problems were already a global concern. Estimates of individuals meeting diagnostic criteria hovered around 5-15%, and subthreshold difficulties also have detrimental consequences for individuals,...

Last month, my article on self-directed education ‘School’s Out’ was published in The Psychologist. A few days later, in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, all the schools in Italy, France and...

If you’re adhering to government advice, you’re probably spending a lot of time at home. This has its challenges; the effects of isolation and quarantine on mental health were explored recently by Samantha Brooks and colleagues...