Mental Health & The COVID-19 Crisis
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is not just wreaking havoc on America’s physical health. The unique threat of the virus, plus the isolation of lockdown and uncertainty of the future all have contributed to the unprecedented mental health crisis taking hold in America. Particularly—and unfortunately—amongst our nation’s young people.
In June, for example, nearly 40% of respondents to a CDC survey reported experiencing adverse mental health symptoms during the epidemic. 30.9% of surveyed adults have experienced anxiety or depressive disorders during this time. 26.3% of those surveyed report symptoms of trauma- and stressor-related disorders, 13.3% of respondents reported new or increased drug and alcohol use in response to the pandemic and 10.7% of respondents reported suicidal ideation in the thirty days leading up to the survey. Even more concerning, the amount of young respondents (between 18-24 years old) reported suicidal ideation at 25.5%.
The causes of depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety and stress-related disorders are complex and multifarious. That being said, their increased prevalence during this pandemic are easy to understand: support systems for those suffering from depression are more difficult to access during the epidemic. Moreover, the things that regularly bring us joy: from social gatherings to dining out, to entertainment and general human-to-human contact have been eliminated or severely reduced in our day-to-day lives.
Indeed, it is not unreasonable to say that Americans are at their least mentally healthy, ever.
Which is saying something. We were already in the middle of a mental health crisis when COVID-19 hit.
It’s important to know that not only are you and your loved ones not alone, but that help is out there. At CRC, we have the team and ability to assist with whatever mental health disorders your or your loved ones are suffering from. Indeed, everyone is suffering these days, but those who are suffering more than others cannot be left by that wayside. We’re here for that.
We’re here for you.