Corona watch 2020

This page brings you some of the 2020 perspectives, insights and best practices on the coronavirus crisis from around the ECNP community. 


A new age of telepsychiatry

5 June 2020Gil Zalsman, talks about how digital technologies are being harnessed to treat patients in the corona crisis.


The hospital director’s view

5 June 2020Gil Zalsman, professor of psychiatry at Tel Aviv University and director of the Geha Mental Health Center in Israel, discusses the special challenges of running a psychiatric hospital in the corona crisis, and the best practices his team have implemented.


Surviving lockdown – a practical guide

27 May 2020Catherine Harmer, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Oxford, shares insights about fostering resilience and how to survive extended lockdown.


Stress and resilience during the corona crisis

18 May 2020Christiaan Vinkers, assistant professor of psychiatry at Amsterdam University Medical Centers, discusses the stress factors of the corona crisis, and how stress can be ameliorated and psychological resilience fostered.

Resources: Vinkers, et al., Stress resilience during the coronavirus pandemic. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 11 May 2020.

Combating the mental health effects of social isolation

12 May 2020Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, director of the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim and professor of psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, talks about the effects of social isolation in the corona crisis and how to mitigate its mental health impact.

Running a lab in corona time – reflections, tips and opportunities

4 May 2020Gitte Moos Knudsen, professor of neurology and neurobiology and head of the 55-person Neurobiology Research Unit (NRU) at the Rigshospitalet of Copenhagen University, Denmark, reflects on the challenges of running a research lab in lockdown, and the techniques her team has developed to keep research going on and deal with some of the negative effects of isolation.

Taking care of your medical staff

1 May 2020Celso Arango, professor of psychiatry at the Universidad Complutense and head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón in Madrid, Spain, talks about the Spanish experience and strategies to help hospital staff deal with the corona crisis and its unprecedented psychological demands.

Arango, Lessons learned from the coronavirus health crisis in Madrid, Spain: How COVID-19 has changed our lives in the last two weeks. Biological Psychiatry. 6 April 2020.

Looking ahead: corona’s long-term effects on mental health

24 April 2020 - In his second corona report, Damiaan Denys, professor of psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, looks at the longer-term mental health implications of the corona crisis, the new problems we are facing, and how we can deal with them.

In-patient care in the corona crisis – what we’re learning

17 April 2020Andreas Reif, professor of psychiatry and head of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Frankfurt, explains how his team is adjusting to the challenges of patient treatment in the crisis and adaptations they are developing.

The corona crisis and suicide

15 April 2020 – The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported record high rates of suicide. Gil Zalsman, professor of psychiatry at Tel Aviv University and director of the Geha Mental Health Center in Israel, talks about how to fight corona-related suicide.

Zalsman et al., Suicide prevention strategies revisited: 10-year systematic review. Lancet Psychiatry 3.7, 1 July 2016, 646-659.
Reger et al., Suicide Mortality and Coronavirus Disease 2019—A Perfect Storm? JAMA 10 April 2020.

How can we continue our care and treatment for vulnerable patients?

9 April 2020 - In the first of our frontline corona reports, Damiaan Denys, professor of psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, discusses the challenges of patient care in the corona crisis and some of the key clinical lessons they’ve learned so far.


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