The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention have released a new study that explores the state of mental health in America since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and the results are far from being positive.
According to the report, the number of Americans who contemplate suicide has increased at a fast pace while a higher number of people have started to display symptoms associated with mental disorders. Almost 41% of more than 5,400 people who participated in the survey included in the report have mentioned at least one mental or behavioral health issue.
The numbers observed in the recent survey are three to four times higher in comparison to what the CDC observed within the same timeframe in 2019. It is also underlined that mental health help and support systems have to be enhanced quickly to prevent negative consequences.
Within the survey results, it is noted that more than 10% of US adults have contemplated suicide in the last 30 days. The rate is considerably higher among young people, as more than 25% of the respondents between the age of 18 to 24 have also considered suicide.
More prone to substance abuse
Substance abuse rates are also on the rise as more than 13% of the participants have mentioned that they have resorted to alcohol, drugs or other substances as a mechanism for coping with the stress and anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic, or that their addition has become worse since the pandemic started.
According to a press release offered by a mental health organization, the prime issues at the root of the increasing rates are unemployment, isolation, and an uncertain future. Despite the race to create an effective vaccine, most of the traumas created by the pandemic will persist for several years.
It is also estimated that the following years more than 75,000 people will commit suicide due to the reasons mentioned above.