Mental Health and COVID-19


Fear, worry, and stress are normal responses during times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown. So it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing these feelings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Added to the fear of contracting the virus in a pandemic such as COVID-19 is the impact of the significant changes to our daily lives brought on by efforts to contain and slow down the spread of the virus. Faced with the challenging new realities of social distancing, working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with loved ones and friends, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health.

PAHO/WHO, together with partners, is providing guidance and assistance to the Region of the Americas during the COVID-19 pandemic, to help support the mental and overall well-being of everyone, especially those who might require extra support during this difficult time.

Further materials relating to looking after our mental health during the COVID pandemic will be added to this page as they become available.