Special Issue Title: COVID-19 impact on men's mental health  Download Flyer

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 November 2021


Background, Significance, and Goals of the Special Issue

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus 2020 (COVID-19) a global pandemic and acknowledged its fatal potential. Although the pandemic has since rapidly evolved, its effects on the health and well-being of the general population have barely been examined. The full impact of COVID-19 remains uncertain in most countries.

Scientific societies across the world are only scratching the surface in trying to determine how COVID-19 impacts humans' physical and mental health in both the short and long term. There are not only uncertain ramifications on humans' physical and psychological health, but also a lack of research specifically targeting the male population’s mental health.

The goal of this special issue is to focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on men’s mental health, including their ability to cope with existing comorbidities during the pandemic as well as problems related to healthcare access for men, physical and mental illnesses, employment and unemployment, interpersonal relationships, fatherhood and parenting, marital relationships and family life, isolation, loneliness, and leisure time.

In this special issue, we welcome contributions that describe and enumerate the COVID-19 mental health aspects among men, between men and women, and among boys and male adolescents. The proposed special issue encourages a broad range of submissions, including research articles and studies employing surveys, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, quasi-experimental research design, qualitative research, mixed research design, big data analytics, and case reports. We also welcome analytical essays, opinion articles, and commentaries and reviews related to the impact of COVID-19 on men’s mental health with regard to any of the topics of interest listed below.


Keywords: Men's health, COVID-19, Pandemic, Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety disorders, Comorbidities, Spousal relationships, Unemployment, Healthcare access.


Topics of Interest:

  • Coping with existing comorbidities during COVID-19
  • Healthcare access in urban and rural areas
  • Issues related to employment and unemployment during COVID-19
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on interpersonal relationships
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fatherhood
  • Spousal relationships and family life during the pandemic
  • Isolation and time spent on leisure activities during the pandemic
  • Coping with mental illness during the pandemic
  • Major depression and depressive symptoms
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Increased caregiving responsibilities among men during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Men's relationships with elderly parents
  • Home finances
  • Male and female health professionals' COVID-19 coping strategies
  • Isolation, loneliness, and stress among men during COVID-19
  • Changes in social relationships and daily habits
  • Special populations of men coping with COVID-19 (such as men with disabilities, economically disadvantaged youth and adults, single fathers, homeless men, male adolescents who are in foster care).
  • Cultural stigma for seeking help during the COVID-19 pandemic


Guest Editor:

Dr. Areen Omary, Assistant Professor, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University System, Texas, USA

Research Interests: Depression, Suicide, Addiction, Population health outcomes, Social determinants of health, Evidence-based treatment, Integrated health, COVID-19 health status

Email: aomary@wtamu.edu


https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/college-education-social-sciences/department-psychology- sociology-social-work/faculty/areen-omary-bio.html


Dr. Omary’s expertise lies in health analytics of big data from sources including the National Health Discharge Survey (NHDS), National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), and Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD). She has primarily published studies on logistic regression models that examined risks for suicide, major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and mental health services disparities among psychiatric patients and the general population.

Dr. Omary makes regular presentations at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting and the Society for Social Work and Research. In addition to her research work, she serves as a reviewer for several highly ranked scientific journals including the American Journal of Public Health and Psychiatric Quarterly. She also served as a conference reviewer during the 2020 Council for Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting conference.

Most recently, from the Office of the President, she received recognition for outstanding faculty accomplishment at West Texas A&M University. Prior to her arrival at West Texas A&M University, Dr. Omary served as the Research Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri.


Manuscript Submission Information:

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.jomh.org by registering and logging in to journals website. Once you are registered, go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office (editor@jomh.org).

A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page of the journal. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1100. We normally offer a 30% discount to all contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial Board Member.


Type of Articles: Review, Mini-Review, Systematic Review, Short Communication, Case Report, Letter to the Editor, Commentary, Rapid Report, Meeting Report, News and Views