Aug 14, 2020 - Health
The pandemic's toll on mental health
One in four Americans between 18 and 24 years old say they've considered suicide in the past month because of the pandemic, according to a survey from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Why it matters: The findings confirm warnings from public health experts about the long-term mental health impacts from the pandemic.
- Young adults are one of several groups — including Black and Hispanic people, essential workers and adult caregivers — that reported worse mental health outcomes, increased substance abuse or suicidal thoughts.
By the numbers: The study analyzed 5,412 responses between June 24 and 30 based on self-reporting:
- 10% overall said they considered suicide, with one in five of them essential workers.
- Anxiety and depression symptoms were three to four times higher than a year ago. About 13% said they have turned to substance abuse.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.