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The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

If you or someone you care about feel overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.

You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.


If you are feeling overwhelmed or mentally exhausted because of the changes to our society brought on by COVID-19, you’re not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions of Americans physically, mentally and emotionally.

People across the country are experiencing feelings of stress and fear because of the new disease as well as feelings of isolation because of physical distancing requirements. Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation says 45% of adults report feelings of worry and stress related to COVID-19 have negatively impacted their mental health, and feelings of anxiety are becoming more common as people are worried about themselves or their loved ones getting sick. In fact, more than one-third of Americans have displayed clinical signs of anxiety, depression or both since the pandemic began.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress during a pandemic may cause:

  1. Fear and worry about your own health, the health of your loved ones, your financial situation, your job, or loss of support services you rely on.
  2. Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  3. Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  4. Worsening of chronic health problems.
  5. Worsening of mental health conditions.
  6. Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.

These pandemic days are impacting adults, teens and young children differently. However, there are things you can do to care for yourself and help your loved ones take care of their mental health during this difficult time.

Use these resources to practice simple self-care strategies while at home during this difficult time:

  1. How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
  2. The Importance of Maintaining a Routine While at Home
  3. How to Create Your Own Self-Care Plan
  4. How to Manage Your Mental Health When Feeling Stressed During COVID-19

Use these resources to support your loved ones who may be struggling:

  1. How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
  2. How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19
  3. Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19
  4. Tips to Help Children and Youth Take Care of Their Mental Health During COVID-19

Finally, if you’re experiencing overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to loved ones or a trusted peer, your primary care physician, or a mental health professional for additional support. #BeTheDifference for yourself and your loved ones during and after COVID-19.

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