Arts & Mental Health Festival

The effects of COVID-19 on our mental well-being: A global study.

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04 Nov 2020


19:00 - 20:30

The effects of COVID-19 on our mental well-being: A global study.

Opening the International Mental Health Festival, an interactive panel will be held to discuss the latest findings of the COH-FIT study. This is the Collaborative Outcomes study on Health and Funding during Infection Times.

The COH-FIT study is an international survey regarding the coronavirus outbreak which involves over 100,000 participants from 30 plus countries. This is a three-part longitudinal study, with data collected during the first wave of the pandemic (stage completed), 12 months into the pandemic, and finally, after the COVID-19 pandemic. This project aims to identify individuals at high risk of developing physical and mental health issues during infection times and identify risk and protective factors which could inform guidance in any future pandemics.

Program director Mischa Selis, COH-FIT project leads Professor Christoph Correll and Dr Marco Solmi, leading researcher Professor Peter Kinderman and psychiatrist Professor Therese van Amelsvoort, will be discussing the preliminary findings from this study and answering questions on this project. This discussion will be moderated by Assistant Professor Mark Kawakami.

Hourly Schedule


19:00 - 19:15
Opening of the International Mental Health Festival 2020
Mischa Selis
19:15 - 21:00
Main Event
The Effects of COVID-19 on our mental well-being - A global study
Mischa Selis
Mischa Selis
Psychiatrist & Program director International Mental Health Festival



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  • Dr Marco Solmi
    Dr Marco Solmi
    MD, PhD, Assistant Professor Neuroscience Department
  • Dr Mark Kawakami
    Dr Mark Kawakami
    Lawyer, researcher and lecturer

    Dr Mark Kawakami is an assistant professor of Private Law at Maastricht University and the lead researcher for the Maastricht Neuroeconomics, Mindfulness and Law (MNML) Network. Mark will be the moderator for this opening event.

  • Mischa Selis
    Mischa Selis
    Psychiatrist & Program director International Mental Health Festival
  • Professor Christoph Correll
    Professor Christoph Correll
    Professor of Psychiatry and Molecular Medicine
  • Professor Peter Kinderman
    Professor Peter Kinderman
    Professor of Clinical Psychology

    Peter Kinderman is head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool. Peter is also a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the university and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Merseycare NHS Trust.

    Peter’s research focusses on serious and enduring mental disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His work often considers how psychological science can be used to inform policy at higher levels.

    In his career, Peter has also been the Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology, a member of the Department of Health’s Mental Health Advisory Board, a member of the Health Professions Council’s Professional Liaison Group for applied psychology, and a member of the Advisory Panel of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency. Professor Kinderman has also been a consultant to the BBC Headroom campaign and has contributed to several broadcasts in the field of mental health, most notably hosting a two-episode BBC Horizon piece exploring the role of diagnosis in mental health.

  • Professor Therese van Amelsvoort
    Professor Therese van Amelsvoort

    Professor Therese van Amelsvoort is a trained psychiatrist who specialises in young people, intellectual disabilities, psychosis. She has worked in London, at King’s College, and in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Maastricht and Virenze.

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 04 Nov 2020
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:30