She points to several studies that examine the long-term effects of COVID-19 on people’s mental health. One of the most thorough studies to date is an article in Lancet showing that a third of COVID-19 patients develop neurological or psychiatric disorders in the following six months after their COVID-infection.1
In parallel with the direct mental health consequences of COVID, a year of lockdown, social isolation, and stressful situations, people’s mental health is worsening. More than 42% of people surveyed by the US Census Bureau in December reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in December.2
According to Deborah Dunsire, the private, as well as the public sector, must work together to avoid an uncontrollable crisis.
"We need to act together to come up with solutions for this crisis, companies, governments, academia, and civil society. We know that we can find solutions when experts come together, and that is why we at Lundbeck say: Let’s talk about this issue so we can come up with the best solutions to prevent this mental health crisis,” says Deborah Dunsire, who is calling for collaboration.