Coronavirus and the Impending Mental Health Crisis
A mental health crisis is looming as the country continues to weather the storm of the coronavirus pandemic. And for many people, this crisis is incredibly personal—and has already begun.
It’s hard to underestimate the damaging psychological effects of this global catastrophe, which has kept many individuals isolated at home without the support of their friends and family. Distancing yourself away can have very real mental health consequences, especially against a backdrop of death, fear, and financial problems. Those who have previously struggled with mental illness and those who have not are similarly experiencing the stress and anxiety that comes with the knowns and unknowns of the pandemic. And, experts are warning that a COVID mental health crisis may be our next major public health challenge.
72 percent of all Americans say that their lives have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nearly half feel that stress and angst related to the outbreak have had a negative effect on their mental health. Meanwhile, the mental health hotline run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) saw a 1,000% increase in calls in April 2020 versus April 2019, suggesting a growing need for support that will likely continue to grow as the pandemic continues.
It makes sense that an increase in stress-inducing triggers would lead to an increase in the number of people struggling with mental health issues, including substance abuse issues. But, according to mental health care providers and experts, we’re not yet prepared to address it at the scale required. Fortunately, however, help is available for those in need.
Where Do We Go From Here?
The mental health crisis the coronavirus exacerbated isn’t likely to go away with a Covid-19 vaccine or a relaxation of social distancing requirements. And, while mental health groups have requested $10 billion from Congress to shore up resources, it’s still not clear what the federal response will be—or if enough resources will be available to meet the needs of a nation in a state of collective trauma. This doesn’t mean, however, that those who need help cannot get it.
At Synergy Health, we specialize in treating people with mental health issues and substance abuse problems and offer remote treatment options that can assist those experiencing a mental health decline during the coronavirus pandemic. These include confidential emails, chats, and phone calls.
It’s important to know that even with social distancing, you are not alone. If you or a loved one needs mental health support, please contact us to learn about our remote addiction and mental health treatment options. Our professional staff is standing by and ready to help, regardless of where you live or what your struggles are.