A stunning “new” COVID -19 number was recently released by the Census Bureau: 33% of Americans show clinical depression or anxiety. And this is not the only startling number about the impact the pandemic is having on American’s mental health. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found over 55%of adults who describe their financial situation as poor have experienced high levels of distress during the COVID-19 outbreak.
And there are more disturbing numbers.
Intuitively, we knew COVID-19 was impacting peoples’ anxiety and depression. This Weekend’s Reading series provides data and more on the pandemic’s profound impact on adult mental health. Check out the articles in the section, Work – On the Edge, for insights into the ways remote work and returning to work impact mental health. Mental health Essential Tools and COVID-19 Tips round out the reading for the weekend.
I hope you enjoy exploring the following:
1. It’s Not Just a Number
Washington Post: A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic
Forbes: 10 Eye-Opening Statistics On The Mental Health Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
WebMD: Mental Health an Emerging Crisis of COVID Pandemic
The Atlantic: Is Everyone Depressed? By James Hamblin, M.D., is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is also a lecturer at Yale School of Public Health and author of the forthcoming book Clean.
2. Work – On the Edge
New York Times: The Stresses of the Way We Work Now
Center for Workplace Mental Health: Working Remotely During COVID-19
WebMD: Nervous About Returning to Work? COVID Precautions
3. Essential Tools
Forbes: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Google Offers Anxiety Assessment
U of M Depression Center: Toolkit
CDC: Managing Stress (During COVID-19)
4. COVID-19 Tips
Washington Post: Gardening boosts your mood as much as some types ofexercise, study finds
New York Times: Listening During a Pandemic
Tech Crunch: Meditation and mindfulness apps continue their surge amid pandemic
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