As part of an OECD Forum series, the virtual event Addressing the hidden pandemic: The impact of COVID on Mental Health took place on 15 April 2021.
This event has now ended and registration is closed – but don't worry, you can still watch the replay!
Poor mental health has long been stigmatised, discouraging many people suffering from seeking help or treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to change, adapt, and experiment; while this is a major stress test, it is also an opportunity for improvement. Mental health services are already over-burdened and under-resourced: without decisive action from OECD governments, the rising rates of depression and anxiety will mean that the gap between mental health service capacity and need widens even more. For all its woes, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the fact that mental health is critical for the health of our societies, and our economies. If the current turmoil in our lives and societies propels us to give mental health the attention it deserves, our future may yet prove to be a healthier one.