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Resolution on Centering Mental Health & Well-Being in an International Public Health Convention on Emergency Preparedness

February 8, 2022

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As the global community recognizes lessons from the impact of—and response to—the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly advocate for an international public health convention on emergency preparedness that centers mental health and well-being.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people around the world have been faced with unprecedented times. Initially understood through physical illness, the impact on health care systems, and the economic impact on individuals and society, policies enacted (such as school and workplace closures, stay-at-home orders, and isolation from significant others) have all resulted in a crucial loss of daily routines, learning, and social connectedness.

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