Appunti di Neuropsichiatria
1SC di Neuropsichiatria Infantile, IRCCS Materno-Infantile “Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste
2Università di Trieste
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Key words: Mental health, Public health, Coronavirus, Psychiatry, Adolescent, Child
The coronavirus outbreak has shocked health systems worldwide. It is a serious situation that will pervade the entire population in their bodies and minds. Long-term implications on mental health will persist even when the outbreak will have worn off. Children, adolescents and parents are more susceptible to the impact of quarantine and isolation conditions as well as exposure to traumatic events. There is an urgent need to manage the mental health emergency in a way that is proportionate and coherent with the new and unexpected crisis condition. To respond to this mental health crisis, it will be necessary to develop and test emergency intervention strategies in public health, based on intensive and coordinated step-up interventions, aimed at the whole population, whilst paying greater attention to risk groups and specific mental health needs.
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