Around the world, COVID-19 has left no one unaffected—there are the hospitalized, the infected, the recovered, those who know someone who has been infected, those mourning, and those wondering if they already were, currently are, or will inevitably be infected. While the stress of this global pandemic weighs differently on each person, there are specific ways it is impacting the mental health of most individuals around our world. Regardless of how each individual feels the stress of the current situation, most of us are spending more energy considering how we handle ourselves and our interactions with others in a way no one in our lifetime has.
While this virus does not discriminate, we are now seeing disproportionate levels of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color being hit the hardest. The COVID Tracking Project’s Racial Data Tracker (2020) reports: “Nationwide, Black people are dying at 2.4 times the rate of white people.” It is important to note when considering the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health in the U.S. population, not all communities are impacted equally by the virus, and therefore, by its aftereffects on mental health.
The stress spent navigating a global crisis can include keeping our loved ones safe, managing job loss, handling new stressors in a home or work environment, and dealing with anxiety and depression related to the virus. Following are five indications that COVID-19 is pushing the U.S. toward a mental health crisis along with what may be rooted underneath:
This blog post is the first in our series of excerpts from the HealthStream article, As COVID-19 Spreads, So Does Its Impact on Mental Health. Future excerpts will include:
Download the full article about the impact of Covid-19 on mental health here.
The Mental Health Imperative
As public understanding of mental health issues and disorders grows, the demand for behavioral health services will continue to increase. This growing market must prepare to serve the more than 40 million Americans (one in five) with a mental health condition—56 percent of them currently do not receive treatment. At HealthStream, we understand that behavioral health services and the required competencies may look a little different from other providers. That’s why some of the largest behavioral health organizations in the country have partnered with HealthStream to mitigate risk, improve staff competence, and increase overall efficiency. Explore our solutions for mental health staff and professionals.
PLEASE NOTE: The information in the article excerpted here was considered current at the time of its publishing. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving disaster due to new findings, data, and availability of resources. Please refer to the CDC website for the latest detailed information when you need it.
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