The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental-health crisis
Mental-health experts are especially worried about the ongoing economic devastation. Research has established a strong link between economic upheaval and suicide and substance use. Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute predictions suggest if unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic ends up rising 5 percentage points to a level similar to the Great Recession, an additional 4,000 people could die of suicide and an additional 4,800 from drug overdoses.
COVID-19’s coming mental health toll is a ‘disease of despair’
Massive unemployment, social isolation and uncertainty about the future, has already caused a doubling of anxiety and depression from 2014, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released late last month. Now, a Texas group is predicting the ultimate mental health cost: a big spike in deaths because of suicide and drug overdose.
Charting The Mental Health Effects Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
From lockdowns to unemployment to reopening, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is taking a deep dive into how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect mental health. President and CEO Andy Keller talks with KERA Radio about the Institute’s research.