The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world within weeks beyond recognition. The globalized world has been reduced to an archipelago of individual countries under varying levels of lock down and the prognosis is that the old will only return once a vaccine has been founded and a large segment of the world population has been vaccinated. While rules and regulations are gradually being eased, the fear of a second and maybe even third wave lurks. Rulers have used extraordinary powers to impose surveillance methods, and in some cases suspend democratic rule. Some argue that the pandemic has had grave repercussions for democracy, while others argue that the pandemic has in fact effectively limited the possibilities and power of authoritarian leaders.
What has become quite evident is the fact that the pandemic will have a serious effect on global mental health. This effect was unfortunately mostly ignored or negated on the outset, which was highlighted by the UN Secretary-General in his May 13, 2020 Policy Brief “Covid-19 and the Need for Action in Mental Health”, but now many believe that the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be a pandemic on its own accord.