Joint Symposium with Peking University Sixth Hospital Institute of Mental Health and King's Lau China Institute & Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience | 'Mental Health Care for a Post COVID-19 Future: Lessons Learned and Clinical Responses from China and the UK'
On 5 July, the Lau China Institute and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London hosted an online seminar in partnership with Peking University Sixth Hospital Institute of Mental Health in Beijing on the mental health impacts of COVID-19, looking at clinical responses in both the UK and China.
The seminar focused on the application of digital mental health care during the pandemic, the global mental health response, and the integration of mental health services for patients and service providers.
King's College London and Peking University have been working cooperatively on the prevention and control of the pandemic and the response to mental health concerns during COVID-19. This has enhanced the ability of both sides to deal with this crisis and the resulting mental and psychological conditions. It also lays the foundation for future response to the mental health concerns caused by global public health emergencies.
Participants from both countries reflected on their approach to mental health services during the pandemic, with challenges of coordinating prevention, response and treatment while integrating and upgrading mental health provision alongside management of the physical health effects of COVID-19.
During the outbreak, healthcare providers in China responded promptly with innovative digital measures for delivering mental health care and to disseminate public health campaigns, using social media platforms and other online tools.
In the UK, health care challenges intersected with social inequalities highlighted during the pandemic such as the higher prevalence of COVID-19 in ethnic minority communities.
Both the UK and China shared lessons on the need to coordinate a global response to healthcare and looked at the mental health care needs of clinical health providers who are administering care to others.
Representatives from the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust King's Health Partners spoke about the growing mental health concerns of different vulnerable groups in the UK and the need for effective intervention to support those experiencing mental health challenges.
The seminar shared practical experience in dealing with mental health challenges in China and the UK and proposed new ideas and directions for the development of mental health and medical services and the response to public health emergencies in the post-pandemic era.
This important partnership between the Peking University Sixth Hospital, Institute of Mental Health and King's College London will further promote research and practice on mental health interventions, prevention strategies, and play a vital role in the global health arena, jointly addressing mental health issues and the mental health burden on society as a whole.
This partnership and meeting are supported by King's College London Global Engagement Partnership Fund 2020-2021.
Click here to read a Chinese language outline of the seminar.