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

Knowledge Synthesis to Support and Promote Mental Wellness and Resiliency during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Key Messages

There is good evidence that home-based activities that can promote mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The evidence points to the value of exercise, yoga, relaxation and other activities in alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety. The effects on mental health vary from small to large depending on type of activity, symptoms and severity of mental disorders. The promotion of these activities should complement the provision of mental health services that leverage modern information and communication technology.


  • Home-based activities
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Music
  • Arts
  • Exercise
  • Mindfulness
  • Nature
  • Social Isolation
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Mental Health
  • Quarantine
  • Pandemic


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Joseph H. Puyat (School of Population and Public Health)
  • Haroon Ahmad (Psychiatry, FoM, UBC)
  • Arminee Kazanjian (SPPH, FoM, UBC)

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