HealthDay Reports: Coronavirus Pandemic Spurring Mental Health Crisis, Especially in the Young
The numbers from a recent online mental health screening show a potential for an upcoming mental health epidemic, especially in those younger than 25 years old. Roughly 9 in 10 screened had moderate-to-severe depression, and 8 in 10 had that level of anxiety.
TUESDAY, June 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on Americans' mental health, with more than 88,000 people developing anxiety or depression as a result, according to Mental Health America (MHA), a U.S. community-based nonprofit organization.
Also, more than 21,000 Americans who completed MHA's free online mental health screening last month said they thought about suicide or self-harm on more than half of the days in May.
The numbers suggest a coming mental health epidemic, according to MHA's president, Paul Gionfriddo.