According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, America’s mental health is in a dire situation.
A CDC survey found that the number of Americans planning to commit suicide is skyrocketing and many others show signs of psychosis. Nearly 41% of 5,412 respondents to the CDC survey at the end of June reported “having at least one adverse mental health or behavioral condition”.
These figures are three to four times higher than what the CDC saw at the same time last year. According to the CDC, the mental health support and support systems are “in urgent need”;.
Nearly 11% of adults in the US say they’ve seriously thought about suicide over the past 30 days – and young people seem to be feeling the biggest emotional disturbances of any age, when 25.5% of the 18-24 year olds said they had considered suicide.
The number is especially high for blacks (15.1%) and Hispanics (18.6%).
The idea of suicide was still higher for the essential workers, at 21.7% and for unpaid caregivers, who reported a staggering 30.7%.
Substance abuse is also on the rise. More than 13% of Americans say they started to abuse alcohol, drugs or some other substance in response to the stress of the coronavirus, or as a result their substance abuse worsened. .
These findings do not come as a surprise to some.
The Well Being Trust, a national mental health organization, predicted a decline in the country’s mental health due to COVID-19 isolation, uncertainty, and unemployment, McClatchy News reported. .
The pandemic so far, and months or years to come, will sow the seeds of 75,000 “deaths of despair,” estimated Trust.
All the trauma it inflicts, mental, emotional, financial or all of the above, won’t end with a vaccine – those troubles are likely to last much longer than the next pandemic. for many years, according to the Trust.
Dr. Benjamin F. Miller, strategic director of Well Being Trust, told CNN in May that governments at the federal and local levels can act to alleviate despair and save lives.
That includes supporting community organizations, providing “meaningful work” for the unemployed, making mental health and drug treatment services more accessible, etc.
“We can change the numbers – deaths haven’t happened yet,” Miller said.