Mental health of family, friends, and co-workers of COVID-19 patients in Japan

Yuta Tanoue, Shuhei Nomura, Daisuke Yoneoka, Takayuki Kawashima, Akifumi Eguchi, Shoi Shi, Nahoko Harada, Hiroaki Miyata

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Abstract

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic rages on, the mental health of both the infected and non-infected is a rising concern. We used administrative survey data (16402 responses in the last two weeks) using a chatbot on LINE, the most popular social networking service (SNS) in Japan, to show that people with COVID-19 patients in a close setting had higher psychological distress level than those without. We believe that the results indicate an urgent need to prioritize the establishment and implementation of mental health and psychosocial support tailored to family, close relatives, and friends of COVID-19 patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113067
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume291
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Japan
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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