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

Supporting Children and Adolescents’ Mental Health in the Context of Pandemic and Confinement: A Scoping Review of Interventions and Ethical Challenges

Key Messages

  • Children and adolescents living in a family that is economically affected by the pandemic are more vulnerable to having negative effects on their mental health.
  • The context of the pandemic and related confinement can increase maltreatment and interfamilial violence.
  • Equitable access to child and adolescent mental health care is an important ethical challenge.
  • Telehealth is the most widespread intervention put in place and the use of technology is the most widespread recommendation in order to offer remote services. However, technology-based services can be difficult to access for children living in families with a low socio-economic status. Privacy and confidentiality can be difficult to respect.
  • Preventative care is more limited due to the pandemic, which could be problematic if sustained over time.


  • Mental Health; Interventions
  • Ethics
  • Children and adolescents
  • Telehealth
  • Inequities
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Marjorie Montreuil, Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University
  • Aline Bogossian, Université de Montréal
  • Chantal Camden, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Christine Genest, Université de Montréal
  • Elsa Gilbert, Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Geneviève Piché, Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • Jessica Rassy, Université de Sherbrooke

For more information, please contact: Marjorie Montreuil,

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