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IJERPH Webinar | Mental Health Trends and Needs in 2022: Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic

28 Apr 2022, 15:00 (CEST)

Psychosocial Wellbeing, Youth, Healthcare Professionals
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Welcome from the Chair

2nd IJERPH Webinar

Mental Health Trends and Needs in 2022: Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the end of 2019, we are looking at the world through the lenses of the COVID-19 pandemic. Italy has been one of earliest and most affected countries, with its northern regions resulting the epicenter of the pandemic in Europe. Depending on the contagion rates, we have faced different levels of containment measures, up to the implementation of a lockdown. Vaccinations have helped navigating past the most difficult times, but it is not over yet.

We all certainly yearn to free ourselves from the virus, but would that be enough? Will we be able to declare the end of pandemic, without considering all its potentially negative consequences at the social, economic, and health level? Regarding the latter, evidence begins to accumulate indicating detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, including both direct effects (e.g., long-lasting symptoms collectively known as post-COVID-19 syndrome or long COVID) and indirect effects (e.g., redeployment of healthcare resources to contrast the infection to the detriment of other services). Among indirect effects, studies seem to converge on a negative impact of the pandemic outbreak on the mental health of both individuals suffering from pre-existing mental health vulnerabilities and otherwise healthy people. Also, healthcare professionals, especially those on the frontlines of responding to the emergency, may face psychological strain.

This webinar wants to bring together research evidence from groups investigating the mental health effects of COVID-19 pandemic in one of most affected Italian regions, in terms of incidence and risk factors among both clinical and non-clinical populations as well as healthcare professionals.

Date: 28 April 2022

Time: 3:00pm CEST | 9:00am EDT | 9:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 813 2411 7506

Webinar Secretariat:


Unit of Psychiatry, Department of Medicine (DAME), University of Udine, Udine, Italy

Dr Marco Colizzi, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Udine, Italy. He is also a Visiting Researcher at King’s College London where he received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience for the study of the neurocognitive and neurochemical effects of cannabinoids on the human brain. Dr Colizzi’s research focuses on the neuropsychopharmacology and neurocognitive function of psychosis and neurodevelopmental conditions, with a focus on prevention and early intervention strategies in mental health. To date, he has published over 60 scientific articles in refereed international journals, also receiving awards and recognition by several prestigious institutions, including the Royal College of Psychiatry, the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Schizophrenia International Research Society, and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Invited Speakers

Section of Psychiatry, Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ferrara (1991), Specialization in Psychiatry at the same university (1996), PhD in Psychological and Psychiatric Sciences at the University of Verona (2001), currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Verona. From December 2002 to October 2018 he had been working as consultant psychiatrist at the Section of Psychiatry, Academic Hospital of Verona (Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata di Verona), where he currently exerts his clinical activity as an Associate Professor. His research activity has been conducted for the last twenty years in the context of the Research Unit “Environmental Clinical and Genetic Determinants of the Outcome of Mental Disorders”, functionally connected with WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health and Service Evaluation, Section of Psychiatry, University of Verona. His research interests include outcome evaluation of severe mental disorders in routine clinical settings, early intervention in psychosis, recovery-oriented psychosocial rehabilitation, mental health stigma and discrimination, advocacy and human rights for persons with mental disorders, psychiatric legislation.

Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit, Maternal-Child Integrated Care Department, Integrated University Hospital of Verona, Verona, Italy

He is a Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry resident at University of Verona. He is currently attending a Postgraduate Taught programme at King’s College London – Psychosis Department Studies, working on a project entitled “Cannabis use and psychotic-like experiences”. To date, he has contributed to the publication of a number of scientific papers focused on youth mental health as both first author and co-author.

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Time in CEST

Dr. Marco Colizzi

Chair Introduction

3:00 - 3:05 pm

Dr. Marco Colizzi

Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health. What Do We Know and What Should We Do?

3:05 - 3:25 pm

Dr. Antonio Lasalvia

Burn-Out and Psychological Effects of COVID-19 Among Healthcare Professionals and Primary Care Physicians

3:25 - 3:45 pm

Dr. Riccardo Bortoletto

Trends in Pediatric Admissions for Mental Health Emergencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

3:45 - 4:05 pm

Q&A Session

4:05 - 4:25 pm

Closing of Webinar
Dr. Marco Colizzi

4:25 - 4:30 pm

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