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December 7, 2020
COVID-19 Is Increasing Mental Health Disorders and Addiction – Here’s What You Need to Know

The direct physical illness caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is, of course, an extreme threat to public health. But the impact on everyday life that the pandemic is having is also causing a secondary crisis – a significant increase in mental health problems, addiction and suicidal ideation.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that COVID-19 has been associated with mental health challenges related to the illness and death caused by the pandemic, as well as the measures that have had to be taken to try and contain the virus, such as social distancing, the need to limit public activities and the resulting loss of employment.

A survey conducted by the CDC in June, 2020 found that:

The survey also found that “mental health conditions are disproportionately affecting specific populations, especially young adults, Hispanic persons, black persons, essential workers, unpaid caregivers for adults, and those receiving treatment for preexisting psychiatric conditions. Unpaid caregivers for adults, many of whom are currently providing critical aid to persons at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, had a higher incidence of adverse mental and behavioral health conditions compared with others.”

How to Reduce Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health

As difficult as this pandemic and its social and economic fallout is on mental health, there are things we can all do to try and reduce the impact. The most effective measures are those that can be taken on an individual, family and community level to support ourselves, our loved ones and those in our communities, especially those most at risk of mental health disorders and addiction, during this difficult time.

To that end, we at Harrington HealthCare will be sharing tips and insights on maintaining mental health and sobriety on a regular basis in the coming weeks. Together, we can get through this.

To get started, here are some very helpful resources:

For Mental Health:

Local resources at Harrington HealthCare

Tips and Resources from the CDC

For Substance Use:

Local Resources at Harrington HealthCare

Tips and Resources from the CDC

For Those Experiencing Abuse:

Responding to Grief and Loss:

Local resources for food, housing, and utility assistance, education and employment, in-home services for the elderly and disabled, and more >