COVID-19 and mental health: Eighteen months in, the story is only just beginning

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MENTAL HEALTH

COVID-19 and mental health: Eighteen months in, the story is only just beginning

By Tony Dowell
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The simple treasures of lockdown. (Image: Supplied)

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant psychological impact on people around the world, including the general population and health providers here in New Zealand. This article outlines some practical approaches and resources that can help

Tony Dowell

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