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

Knowledge Synthesis for Mechanistic and Targeted In-Person and Digital Social-Connection Intervention for Wellness and Resilience in Older Adults in Pandemic Context and Beyond

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A rapid review was conducted to identify interventions tackling the mental health consequences of outbreak-related social restrictions for older people. We identified a limited number of interventions, mostly ongoing. The interventions implemented a range of strategies such as screening, use of technology to promote social connections, use of telehealth for at-risk groups, online resources for physical and psychological health, and proving reliable information and support to minimize outbreak-related worries. Similar strategies were proposed by experts who also highlighted the need to consider vulnerable groups such as those with poorer digital literacy, chronic conditions, and more disadvantaged socio-economic background.


  • Mental Health
  • Social distancing
  • Elderly population
  • Social isolation
  • Social networks
  • Knowledge Synthesis
  • Loneliness
  • Confinement
  • Outbreak
  • Resilience


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Laurette Dube, McGill University
  • Catherine Paquet, Université Laval
  • Mike Cisneros-Franco, McGill University
  • Laurette Dubé, McGill University

For more information, please contact: Sabina Hamalova,

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