Mental health – social inclusion & loneliness


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Can the effects of isolation and loneliness be combatted during COVID-19 lockdowns?

It is not easy to take care of our mental health and wellbeing during a global pandemic. Countries are in lockdown, vulnerable people are told to shield and those that live alone are more isolated than ever. Restrictions in our daily lives and working remotely are having a profound impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing and this is often manifesting as loneliness. 

It is vital for us all to stay connected and to try and find new ways of keeping in touch during this difficult time. Not only with our friends, family and colleagues but also our community-based networks and resources, health care systems and technologies.
Here we have highlighted some of our latest research and author insights about mental health, social inclusion and loneliness in times of COVID-19.

If you'd like to contribute to the discussion, or have research relating to mental health, we'd love you to get in touch.

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Free access to our articles & author videos/blogs

Our publications have content on mental health, social inclusion and loneliness during COVID-19 that we'd like to share with you.

Articles & blogs

Look out for the blog that's featured under the journal article.

Podcasts & videos

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Different routes to publication

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, take a look at our different routes to publication and contact us to get involved.

Special issues

See our recently published special issues on this topic.

Recent books

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J Yoon Irons & Grenville Hancox
Series: Arts for Health


Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell
Series: Arts for Health

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Free support resources from Emerald Works

Emerald Works – which is part of the Emerald Group – has a range of resources on this subject and we’re able to share these free pieces with you.

Visit Emerald Works to discover more about its services.

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We really welcome insights not only from researchers but practitioners too about their work.

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