The workgroup 'Mental Health & COVID-19' of the Superior Health Council provides regular updates on the available data and research articles on mental health (care) in Belgium. These updates are commissioned by the Minister of Health as well as the Policy Coordination Working group ‘Mental health’ in order to provide insight of the impact of the pandemic on the Belgian mental health.
A living document was created to provide an up-to-date overview of newly identified datasets and recently published research results.
Version 8: Belgian mental health paper repository (11/01/2022)
The focus of the repository has shifted. From this version onward, the document will be titled the Belgian Mental Health Paper Repository (BMHPR) highlighting insights provided by researchers and published papers; and not on raw data. This update includes an additional 10 new research studies: 3 longitudinal, 1 cross sectional population, 4 one-shot survey convenience samples and 2 research studies on secondary data.
Full report available: https://zenodo.org/record/5838409#.Yf1J1S8w2Wg
Version 7: Belgian mental health (care) data repository (16/06/2021)
This version starts with new insights gained from the latest deposits in the Belgian mental health data repository. The update provides an overview of the 70 studies from the systematic review: i.e., longitudinal (15), cross-sectional studies with a population sample (3), cross-sectional studies with a convenience sample (17), one-shot with a population sample (2), one shot survey with a convenience sample (24), small data sets (6), and qualitative research (3).
Full report available: https://zenodo.org/record/4966026#.Yf1Jry8w2Wg
Version 6: Insights from diagnostic vs non-diagnostic tools (01/06/2021)
This update distinguishes studies that used diagnostic tools (8) and non-diagnostic tools (13) to allow for a clear overview of the effects on mental health compared to the effects on general well-being. The included studies are of the highest level of evidence: the longitudinal data, cross-sectional data with a population and a convenience sample.
Full report available: https://zenodo.org/record/4889246#.Yf1IBi8w2Wg
Version 5: Belgian mental health (care) data repository (07/05/2021)
Systematic review of 18 studies in the four lowest levels of evidence: i.e. one-shot survey representative of the population (1), one shot survey convenience with a convenience sample (14), small data sets (1), and qualitative research (2).
Full report available via https://zenodo.org/record/4742777#.Yf1FyS8w2Wg
Version 4: Belgian mental health (care) data repository (23/03/2021)
Systematic review of 18 studies in the highest level of evidence, i.e. longitudinal (8), cross sectional population (2) and cross sectional convenience sample (8).
Full report available via https://zenodo.org/record/4629333#.Yf1Euy8w2Wg
Version 3: Living Document I: Belgian mental health (care) data repository (15/03/2021)
Overview of methodological approach. A total of 94 out of 169 studies were retained for a systematic review. The document includes a list of these studies including contact details.
Full report available via https://zenodo.org/record/4604447#.Yf1Eii8w2Wg
Version 2: Living Document I: Belgian mental health (care) data repository (22/02/2021)
Overview of context and objectives.
Full report available via https://zenodo.org/record/4555102#.Yf1DCS8w2Wg