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A nationwide survey of psychological distress among Chinese people in the COVID-19 epidemic: implications and policy recommendations
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    Biopsychosociospiritual healthcare model for transformation in mental healthcare
    • Sajita Setia, Executive director Transforming Life Division, Transform Medical Communications, Auckland, New Zealand

    I found the editorial by Qiu J et al[1] on the “first nationwide large-scale survey of psychological distress in the general population of China during the COVID-19 epidemic” very insightful. There are similar reports from several other countries on a similar mental health crisis initiated by COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn. Qiu J et al[1] have presented the content effectively, and I was gratified with the viewpoint on the recommendation on “nationwide strategic planning and coordination for psychological first aid during major disasters, potentially delivered through telemedicine” along with “screening, referral and targeted intervention should be built to reduce psychological distress and prevent further mental health problem”.
    While this recommendation is expected to be very effective, there are of course practical, logistical, and economic challenges in the implementation of any large scale nationwide yet much needed psychological first aid. "Biopsychosociospiritual" model of primary healthcare could be however one of the strategies for effective promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders, substance abuse and self-harm behaviours.
    In psychology, the “philosophy of mind" explores the relationship and association between the “mind” referred to as the “mental or emotional domain” and the “brain or body” referred to as the “physical domain”.[2] In the context of the relationship between mind and brain, mind most of...

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