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Improving the Preparedness of Health Systems to Reduce Mental Health and Psychosocial Concerns resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Objective

The mission of RESPOND is 1) to identify critical resilience factors and specific vulnerable groups at risk of immediate and long-term adverse mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; 2) To improve the resilience, wellbeing and mental health of frontline health and care workers and other vulnerable groups by implementing scalable World Health Organization (WHO) programmes, and 3) to steer future policy decisions by understanding and disentangling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and different public health containment and subsequently relaxation strategies on mental health and wellbeing in vulnerable groups across Europe’s different health systems.
RESPOND is centred around core questions regarding the short and long-term impacts of the pandemic on mental health and health inequalities on vulnerable groups within the general population, including frontline workers. In the first immediate delivery phase, an impressive set of existing longitudinal datasets are examined for resilience factors and risk factors. Furthermore, the responsiveness of health systems and identification of best practice responses that protect resilience, mental health and wellbeing are assessed in eight EU countries.
The long-terms effects are determined of the pandemic and the control measures on demand for (mental) health services in health registers in Sweden, Lombardy and Barcelona and the scalable WHO SH+/PM+ stepped care programmes adapted for COVID-19 will be implemented and evaluated both in frontline workers and vulnerable groups.
RESPOND provides policy recommendations within 3 months on vulnerability factors for developing poor mental health resulting from current containment and mitigation measures. Further lessons learnt and evidence-based policy recommendations will be made available during the project’s lifetime through Policy Briefs in month 6, 12, 18, 24 and 36 for immediate consideration and use by all EU member states.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology/pandemics
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus/coronavirus

Call for proposal

H2020-SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2-RTD
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

STICHTING VU
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 771 065,75

Participants (13)

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 532 687,50
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 595 892,50
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 528 687,50
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 517 616,25
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
EU contribution
€ 695 250
Address
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 220 041,25
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR RESILIENZFORSCHUNG (LIR) GGMBG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 237 012,50
Address
Wallstrasse 7
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING VUMC
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 220 025
Address
De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACIO SANT JOAN DE DEU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 513 791,25
Address
Calle Santa Rosa, 39-57
08950 Esplugues De Llobregat
Activity type
Research Organisations
REGIONE LOMBARDIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 176 500
Address
Piazza Citta Di Lombardia 1
20124 Milano
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 116 583,75
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHARITE - UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 46 875
Address
Chariteplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Australia
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Anzac Parade
2052 Sydney
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments