If the pandemic (and all the challenges that came with it) has been affecting your mental health, you’re most definitely not alone. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows just how much the stress of Covid is hurting us mentally.
The results are based on a survey that was done in June. It finds depression symptoms were four times higher, and anxiety symptoms were three times higher between April and June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. There was also a big increase in suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.
From the CDC report:
- 40% of US adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use. Of them:
- 31% had anxiety/depression symptoms
- 26% had trauma/stressor-related disorder symptoms
- 13% started or increased substance use
- 11% seriously considered suicide
Suicidal thoughts were significantly higher for respondents aged 18–24, Hispanics, Blacks, unpaid caregivers for adults, and essential workers.
If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, please know there is help out there. If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text MHA to 741-741.
If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, call a warmline for support. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you.
Please take good care, friends.