This article examines the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on populations’ mental health.

 submit a proposal for the Literature Review. The proposal should include 1. an explanation of the topic, 2. why you’re interested in it (you can use “I”), 3. some of the main themes that are characteristic of recent literature on the subject, and 4. what you hope to gain by examining this literature. The proposal should be 2-3 pages long, and it does not require a References page – consider the document a means of communicating to me your intentions for the paper, as per the criteria listed above.

The topic is mental health. 

This is my annotated bibliography for the articles I’ve chosen.

Annotated Bibliography

  1. Ormel, J., Cuijpers, P., Jorm, A., & Schoevers, R. A. (2020). What is needed to eradicate the depression epidemic, and why. Mental Health & Prevention17, 200177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhp.2019.200177

This article provides evidence on the increase of major depressive disorder treatments and prevention without actually reducing depression rates. It also analyzes and identifies the variant of major determinants of depression and identifies requirements to effectively reduce depression burden while also explaining their importance. Some of these burdens are structural fundings, political and social embedment in major social institutions, and providing prevention early in life. This source is helpful for understanding what factors contribute to depressive disorders. It also provides information on the measures that can be taken to prevent an increase in cases.

2.Reiss, F., Meyrose, A., Otto, C., Lampert, T., Klasen, F., & Ravens-Sieberer, U. (2019). Socioeconomic status, stressful life situations and mental health problems in children and adolescents: Results of the German BELLA cohort-study. PLOS ONE14(3), e0213700. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213700\

This article examines how Children and adolescents with low socioeconomic status are more likely to have mental health problems than those with high socioeconomic status.  A study done by BELLA randomly selected 2,863 children, adolescents (aged 7 to 17 years) and their parents participated in the baseline assessment of the study. It focused on all indicators of low socioeconomic status, Stressful life situations, Mental health problems, and control variables. The study concluded that reducing socioeconomic inequalities and interventions for families with low parental education can help decrease children’s mental health problems. This is a helpful source for understanding how low socioeconomic status affects the mental health of young children. This study can be a door opener for new research on what can be done to reduce socioeconomic inequalities and what interventions can be taken

3.  Schlichthorst, M., Ozols, I., Reifels, L., & Morgan, A. (2020). Lived experience peer support programs for suicide prevention: A systematic scoping review. International Journal of Mental Health Systems14(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13033-020-00396-1

This article focuses on providing an overview of peer support programs with the purpose to reduce suicidality and are led by people with lived experience of suicide. The information was collected from literature databases, and suicide prevention experts. Its purpose was to understand if such support programs are effective in preventing suicidality. It concluded that more information is needed but that  peer support programs were effective in reducing “grief symptoms, improving psychosocial and suicide related outcomes, and increasing personal growth and well-being in bereaved suicide survivor”. This is a helpful source for understanding how effective peer support programs are and how it can help with mental health disorders.

4. Pierce, M., Hope, H., Ford, T., Hatch, S., Hotopf, M., Kontopantelis, E., John, A., Webb, R. T., Wessely, S., McManus, S., & Abel, K. M. (2020). Mental health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal probability sample survey of the UK population. SSRN Electronic Journalhttps://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3624264

This article examines the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on populations’ mental health. A survey was conducted by The UK Household Longitudinal Study in 53,351 participants, and 42,330 people from households that took part of a previous survey (before Covid) were eligible for invitation to take part in the COVID-19 web survey . It concluded that the pandemic has caused mental distress to those who are young, a woman, and living with children, especially preschool age children. This source is helpful because it can be compared to other studies.

5. Shah, K., Kamrai, D., Mekala, H., Mann, B., Desai, K., & Patel, R. S. (2020). Focus on mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Applying learnings from the past outbreaks. Cureushttps://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.7405

This article explores past studies on epidemics to understand its adverse impact on mental health.  Those results were compared to how Coronavirus is affecting the mental health of people today. It is also believed that this crisis will have a long term effect on mental health based on previous epidemics. This source can be very helpful because it provides an overview on past epidemic studies. Although the information provided is not accurate, it can be compared to newer studies and observed how the situation has changed from when the Pandemic started to the present day.