Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have cautioned the public about the potential negative mental health effects caused by these uncertain times.
Even though staying at home, self-quarantining or isolating when necessary, and social distancing are necessary for preventing the spread of COVID-19, these actions can increase mental health stress and conditions. Other pandemic-related stressors, such as financial strain, job loss and caregiving responsibilities, can also lead to poor mental health.
For those with substance abuse disorders or mental health conditions, these uncertain times can exacerbate a condition or cause a relapse.
As the pandemic continues, worrying statistics about the pandemic’s effects on substance abuse and mental health are emerging:
This data shows that people from all over the country are struggling to cope with these uncertain times. This means that, if you’re having a tough time, you’re not alone. The pandemic will likely continue for the foreseeable future, making it important to prioritize your mental health and the mental health of your loved ones.
You’re Not Alone, Reach Out for Help
If you have concerns about your mental health or a substance abuse disorder during these times, or are worried about a loved one, please contact your mental health professional or use SAMHSA’s National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357).