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<jats:p><jats:bold>Introduction:</jats:bold> The immediate impact of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) on morbidity and mortality has raised the need for accurate and real-time data monitoring and communication. The aim of this study is to document the initial observations from multiple digital services providers during the COVID-19 crisis, especially those related to mental health and well-being.</jats:p><jats:p><jats:bold>Methods:</jats:bold> We used email and social media to announce an urgent call for support. Digital mental health services providers (<jats:italic>N</jats:italic> = 46), financial services providers (<jats:italic>N</jats:italic> = 4), and other relevant digital data source providers (<jats:italic>N</jats:italic> = 3) responded with quantitative and/or qualitative data insights. People with lived experience of distress, as service users/consumers, and carers are included as co-authors.</jats:p><jats:p><jats:bold>Results:</jats:bold> This study provides proof-of-concept of the viability for researchers and private companies to work collaboratively toward a common good. Digital services providers reported a diverse range of mental health concerns. A recurring observation is that demand for digital mental health support has risen, and that the nature of this demand has also changed since COVID-19, with an apparent increased presentation of anxiety and loneliness.</jats:p><jats:p><jats:bold>Conclusion:</jats:bold> Following this study, we will continue to work with providers in more in-depth ways to capture follow-up insights at regular time points. We will also onboard new providers to address data representativeness. Looking ahead, we anticipate the need for a rigorous process to interpret insights from an even wider variety of sources in order to monitor and respond to mental health needs.</jats:p>

Original publication

DOI

10.3389/fdgth.2020.578902

Type

Journal article

Journal

Frontiers in Digital Health

Publisher

Frontiers Media SA

Publication Date

10/02/2021

Volume

2