COVID-19 has negatively impacted the mental health of much of the U.S. population. According to a CDC study conducted June 24-30, 2020, 40% of US adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use. This rate is 3-4 times higher than this time last year.
Several groups reported disproportionately worse mental health outcomes including younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, unpaid adult caregivers and essential workers. These groups were noted to experience more depressed mood, anxiety symptoms, increased substance use and more frequent suicidal ideations.
Arkansans are no different than the rest of the US in mental health and substance use difficulties related to COVID-19 and the associated restrictions. Many people have experienced isolation from their natural support systems, making positive adjustment to difficult circumstances even more elusive. There is hope though.
Arkansans can reach out to crisis counselors through Project Promoting Positive Emotions at StayPositiveArkansas.com, by calling 833-993-2382 or reaching out to the Program Partners throughout the state. Sometimes just connecting with another person can help. Services are free and confidential. No diagnosis. No judgment. Just help and support.
Citation: Czeisler MÉ , Lane RI, Petrosky E, et al. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1049–1057. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6932a1external icon.