Bringing a global network of researchers together to explore the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Between 2020 and 2022, COVID-MINDS brought together hundreds of researchers examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health through 170 longitudinal studies in over 60 countries.

Responding to the urgency of the pandemic and the proliferation of studies in this area, our aims were to quickly build a community of researchers which would allow members to:

  1. Go further, and faster, by sharing protocols, data, and findings among researchers to enhance and align our collective work
  2. Make these studies meaningful, by involving people with lived experience of mental health challenges in the design and running of studies
  3. Have an impact on health policy, by providing health organisations and governments with evidence to guide policy decisions and public health interventions during the pandemic

Our COVID-Minds website remains a key resource to our network and others, with an interactive map of our members and profiles, a blog  and a mapped database of publications from across the network.


Wellcome Trust

Programme areas

Partnerships and networks, behavioural science, epidemiology, clinical trials and implementation science




Dr Daisy Fancourt

Network Coordinating Group

Alexandra Bradbury, UCL
Nils Fietje, World Health Organization Europe
Professor Kathleen Merikangas, National Institute of Mental Health
Professor Matthew Hotopf, King’s College London
Professor Naja Hulvej Rod, University of Copenhagen
Dr Catherine Sebastian, Wellcome Trust
Grace Gatera Uwineza, Lived Experience Expert