COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative: Research

Interventions to Mitigate COVID-19 Related Mental Health Risks for Those with Pre-existing Chronic Health Conditions and Facing Social and Economic Barriers: A Scoping and Rapid Realist Review

Key Messages

COVID-19’s impact has and continues to have devastating impacts, particularly among those who are at-risk and/or have challenges in functioning in a society that changed suddenly and dramatically. For many this has led to mental health effects such as depression, anxiety, uncharacteristic behavioural changes, and use of substances to help mask the pandemic’s consequences. However, there is opportunity to support population health during these difficult times by offering appropriate interventions that have the flexibility to be tailored to subpopulations with unique needs. The knowledge synthesis, currently in progress, aims to help identify such interventions that will foster individual resilience and mental well-being.


  • COVID-19
  • Mental health
  • Substance use
  • Chronic diseases
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Inflammatory bowel disorders
  • Kidney diseases
  • Liver diseases
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Neurocognitive conditions


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Karen Davison, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Simon Carroll, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Benjamin Collins, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Marcie Dolce, Patient Advisor
  • Esme Fuller-Thomson, University of Toronto
  • Brandon Hey, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Krystal Kelly, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Marya Jaleel, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Shen (Lamson) Lin, University of Toronto
  • Maura MacPhee, University of British Columbia
  • JoAnne Marvin, Patient Advisor
  • Arun Ravindran, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Ron Remick, Lookout Housing and Health Society and Mood Disorder Association of British Columbia
  • Lynda Robson, Patient Advisor
  • Janice Sorensen, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Vicki Smye, Western University
  • Lori Stuart, Patient Advisor
  • Vidhi Thakkar, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

For more information, please contact: Karen Davison,

Related Syntheses


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Chronic Disease and/or Mental Illness


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