Covid-19 increases mental health problems | noon edition

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Noon Edition airs Fridays at noon on WFIU.  

Mental health issues have increased during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A CDC survey conducted in June 2020 found that 40% of American adults had mental health or substance abuse issues, with 31% suffering from anxiety or depression. Additionally, in the 30 days preceding the survey, 11% said they had seriously considered suicide.

Indiana has seen a similar increase in mental health issues. According to the state government website, in 2020, 27.4% of Indiana adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression. Suicide deaths among young Indiana residents had also increased, and deaths from overdoses had skyrocketed.

As the pandemic continued, more and more people were affected by mental health issues. Even young people and children began to feel the effects of isolation from school, work, friends and family. Two years into the pandemic, the World Health Organization reported that in the first year of the pandemic, anxiety and depression have increased by 25% worldwide. In response, 90% of countries surveyed have included psychosocial and mental health support in their Covid-19 response plans.

We’ll talk about these questions and more with our guests this Friday in the noon edition.

You can follow us on Twitter at @NoonEdition or join us on the air by calling 812-855-0811 or toll-free at 1-877-285-9348. You can also send questions for the show to news@indianapublicmedia.org. Be Well Indiana offers a helpline for people struggling with mental health issues. Call 211 then enter your postal code and press 3 to speak to a qualified advisor. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255.

Guests

Lindsay Pott, Registered Clinical Social Worker and Director of Behavioral Health Services for IU Health

Denise Hayes, Associate Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Director of UI Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS)

Barbara Thompson, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Indiana

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