J Korean Med Sci.  2020 Jun;35(22):e211. 10.3346/jkms.2020.35.e211.

Psychosocial Support during the COVID-19 Outbreak in Korea: Activities of Multidisciplinary Mental Health Professionals

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Social Welfare, College of Social Sciences, Daegu University, Gyeongsan, Korea
  • 2Department of Psychology, College of Social Sciences, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea
  • 3Department of Social Welfare, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Cheongju University, Cheongju, Korea
  • 4School of Nursing, Inje University, Busan, Korea
  • 5Mental Health Center, The Armed Forces Capital Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
  • 6Department of Psychiatry, WIM Psychiatric Clinic, Seongnam, Korea
  • 7Department of Neuropsychiatry, Eulji University School of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea
  • 8Department of Psychiatry, Maum Dream Clinic, Seoul, Korea
  • 9Department of Psychiatry, Saemirae Hospital, Gwangju, Korea
  • 10Korea Trauma Research & Education Institute, Seoul, Korea
  • 11MaumToDoc Psychiatric Clinic, Ansan, Korea
  • 12Department of Social Welfare, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sangji University, Wonju, Korea
  • 13Department of Psychiatry, Myongji Hospital, Goyang, Korea
  • 14Our Neighborhood Mental Health Research Institute, Seoul, Korea
  • 15National Center for Disaster Trauma, National Center for Mental Health, Seoul, Korea
  • 16Department of Psychiatry, Kyung Hee University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • 17Department of Psychiatry, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 18Department of Psychiatry, Kyungpook National University Children's Hospital, Daegu, Korea

Abstract

As of April 18, 2020, there have been a total of 10,653 confirmed cases and 232 deaths due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Korea. The pathogen spread quickly, and the outbreak caused nationwide anxiety and shock. This study presented the anecdotal records that provided a detailed process of the multidisciplinary teamwork in mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. Psychosocial support is no less important than infection control during an epidemic, and collaboration and networking are at the core of disaster management. Thus, a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals was immediately established and has collaborated effectively with its internal and external stakeholders for psychosocial support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Keyword

COVID-19; Psychosocial Support; Multidisciplinary; Mental Health; Disaster
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