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

What is the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the mental health of children aged 5–12, and what are the specific issues faced by children with a disability or chronic illness? A scoping review of problems experienced and promising avenues for intervention

Key Messages

Both our partners and the scientific data seem to point to concerns regarding the mental health of children aged 5–12, particularly in terms of sleep, anxiety and difficult behaviours. However, the scientific literature contains very little empirical data on this subject. Although children with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADD) may be at greater risk, it seems too early to identify risk and protective factors or promising interventions for addressing the specific impacts of COVID 19. It is essential to continue to coordinate the research already underway and to regularly update the knowledge synthesis over the coming months, in order to be able to prioritize the efforts that will best support children’s mental health.


  • Mental health
  • Children
  • Sociocultural determinants of health
  • Disability
  • School‑health care collaboration
  • Chronic illness
  • COVID-19
  • Participatory research
  • Scoping review


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Chantal Camden, professor at Université de Sherbrooke, researcher at CRCHUS and at IUPLSSS
  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Catherine Malboeuf-Hurtubise, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Bishop’s University
  • Pasquale Roberge, Faculty of medicine and health sciences, Department of family medicine, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Mélissa Généreux, Faculty of medicine and health sciences, Department of family medicine, Department of community health sciences, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Julie Lane, Faculty of education, Department of psycho-education, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Emmanuelle Jasmin, Department of occupational therapy, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Jean-Claude Kalubi, Faculty of education, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Eve-Line Bussières, Department of psychology, Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières
  • Nicolas Chadi, Department of pediatrics, Université de Montréal
  • Marjorie Montreuil, Department of nursing science, McGill University
  • Jan Willem Gorter, CanChild, McMaster University
  • Keiko Shikako-Thomas, CHILD-BRIGHT Network, McGill University
  • Karine Tremblay, patient‑partner, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Jasmin Roy, Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation

For more information, please contact: Élodie Hérault,

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Vulnerable or At-Risk Populations, Chronic Disease and/or Mental Illness, Children, Youth and Families


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