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Quantifying the Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health Support Forums

Biester, Laura; Matton, Katie; Rajendran, Janarthanan; Mower Provost, Emily; Mihalcea, Rada


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  <dc:creator>Biester, Laura</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Matton, Katie</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Rajendran, Janarthanan</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Mower Provost, Emily</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Mihalcea, Rada</dc:creator>
  <dc:date>2020-11-20</dc:date>
  <dc:description>Code for the NLP COVID-19 Workshop @EMNLP2020 paper "Quantifying the Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health Support Forums." Laura Biester and Katie Matton contributed equally to this project.

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic, like many of the disease outbreaks that have preceded it, is likely to have a profound effect on mental health. Understanding its impact can inform strategies for mitigating negative consequences. In this work, we seek to better understand the effects of COVID-19 on mental health by examining discussions within mental health support communities on Reddit. First, we quantify the rate at which COVID-19 is discussed in each community, or subreddit, in order to understand levels of pandemic-related discussion. Next, we examine the volume of activity in order to determine whether the number of people discussing mental health has risen. Finally, we analyze how COVID-19 has influenced language use and topics of discussion within each subreddit.

Contact: Please contact Laura Biester (lbiester@umich.edu) with questions.</dc:description>
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  <dc:relation>url:https://github.com/lbiester/COVID-Mental-Health/tree/workshop</dc:relation>
  <dc:relation>doi:10.18653/v1/2020.nlpcovid19-2.8</dc:relation>
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  <dc:title>Quantifying the Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health Support Forums</dc:title>
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