Many Americans may struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, and other mental health concerns due to the threat of COVID-19 infection or the infection of a loved one. These concerns may only be worsened by other issues resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, such as unemployment. Here, we outline the specific problems related to mental health in the US, highlight some policies and organizations in place to help mitigate this, and identify what is still lacking.
Anxiety, stress, and fear about the COVID-19 crisis and risk of infection are affecting many Americans.
With social-distancing measures, Americans are must deal with grief and the loss of loved ones in unprecedented ways.
With stay-at-home measures, some Americans may be stuck in stressful or unsafe environments with abusers or, for many people who identify as LGBTQ+, with intolerant family members.
The CDC has provided a webpage of resources for coping with stress and other mental health concerns. This website also includes resources like the Disaster Distress Hotline and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
CURRENT GAPS in POLICY
Not all states have provided mental health resources and included resources specific to particularly vulnerable populations, such as veterans, people who identify as LGBTQ+, etc.
Highlighted State Policies & Initiatives
Mental Health America National provides mental health resources relevant to the COVID-19 crisis as well as resources tailored to specific populations (ex: veterans) at this website.