The recent outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been extremely stressful and has produced fear and anxiety throughout the population, representing a psychological emergency. This work aimed at presenting a mental health first aid service established within an Italian university public hospital context to address four different population targets (i.e., people vulnerable to mental health problems, health-care professionals, people in isolation, and general citizenship). Specifically, the organizational structure comprising four different areas (i.e., management, clinical, communication, and research) and first data collected from the foundation of the service until 3 May 2020 are presented. Findings indicated that anxiety and fear of contagion were the main motivations prompting both the general population and health-care professionals to ask for a psychological help. Furthermore, findings indicate that clients’ current quality of life was perceived as lower than in the past but also that imagined in the future, highlighting the importance of psychological first aid interventions. This service may represent an example for helping mental health professionals in developing similar services in their local realities, promoting health and individual and community resilience.

A Mental Health First Aid Service in an Italian University Public Hospital during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak / Maldonato, Nelson Mauro; Bottone, Mario; Chiodi, Alessandro; Continisio, Grazia Isabella; De Falco, Raffaella; Duval, Marzia; Muzii, Benedetta; Siani, Gerarda; Valerio, Paolo; Vitelli, Roberto; Scandurra, Cristiano. - In: SUSTAINABILITY. - ISSN 2071-1050. - 12:10(2020), p. 4244. [10.3390/su12104244]

A Mental Health First Aid Service in an Italian University Public Hospital during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

Maldonato, Nelson Mauro;Bottone, Mario;Chiodi, Alessandro;Continisio, Grazia Isabella;De Falco, Raffaella;Duval, Marzia;Muzii, Benedetta;Siani, Gerarda;Valerio, Paolo;Vitelli, Roberto;Scandurra, Cristiano
2020

Abstract

The recent outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been extremely stressful and has produced fear and anxiety throughout the population, representing a psychological emergency. This work aimed at presenting a mental health first aid service established within an Italian university public hospital context to address four different population targets (i.e., people vulnerable to mental health problems, health-care professionals, people in isolation, and general citizenship). Specifically, the organizational structure comprising four different areas (i.e., management, clinical, communication, and research) and first data collected from the foundation of the service until 3 May 2020 are presented. Findings indicated that anxiety and fear of contagion were the main motivations prompting both the general population and health-care professionals to ask for a psychological help. Furthermore, findings indicate that clients’ current quality of life was perceived as lower than in the past but also that imagined in the future, highlighting the importance of psychological first aid interventions. This service may represent an example for helping mental health professionals in developing similar services in their local realities, promoting health and individual and community resilience.
2020
A Mental Health First Aid Service in an Italian University Public Hospital during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak / Maldonato, Nelson Mauro; Bottone, Mario; Chiodi, Alessandro; Continisio, Grazia Isabella; De Falco, Raffaella; Duval, Marzia; Muzii, Benedetta; Siani, Gerarda; Valerio, Paolo; Vitelli, Roberto; Scandurra, Cristiano. - In: SUSTAINABILITY. - ISSN 2071-1050. - 12:10(2020), p. 4244. [10.3390/su12104244]
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