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.
America’s mental health COVID-19 recovery needs to start now
The toll that the coronavirus pandemic is taking – and will take – on the mental health of frontline responders cannot be overlooked. But what may be most unique about this crisis is how much damage it’s inflicting and will continue to inflict on people behind the frontlines: those who are quarantining and social distancing to try to flatten the curve.
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.