MENTAL HEALTH EPIDEMIC
mental health concerns are rising worldwide (Burns, 2015; Hayes et al., 2018, Ip and Cheung, 2020) (1)
“Compared to U.S. adults in 2019, U.S. adults in April and May 2020 were more than three times as likely to screen positive for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, or one or both, with more than one out of three screening positive for one or both. ” (Twenge and Joiner, 2020)
“The WHO has also expressed its concern over the pandemic’s mental health and psycho-social consequences.” (World Health Organization, 2020d)(2)
“It speculates that new measures such as self-isolation and quarantine have affected usual activities, routines, and livelihoods of people that may lead to an increase in loneliness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, harmful alcohol, and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behavior.” (World Health Organization, 2020c)(2)
“The recent survey by the Indian Psychiatric Society shows a twenty percent increase in mental illnesses since the coronavirus outbreak in India” (Loiwal, 2020)(2)
“Psychologists and mental health professionals speculate that the pandemic is going to impact on the mental health of the population globally with the increase in cases of depression, suicide, and self-harm, apart from other symptoms reported globally due to COVID 2019.” (Li et al., 2020; Moukaddam & Shah, 2020; Yao et al., 2020) (2)
(1) Alexander, et al. (2020, December 8). The neuroscience of positive emotions and affect: Implications for cultivating happiness and wellbeing. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.
(2) (2021) COVID 19 and its mental health consequences, Journal of Mental Health, 30:1, 1-2
did you know...
in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. A raise from 10% pre-pandemic.
admit they are paralyzed by stress
have a common mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or self-harm
and there's more...
say they have less than 10 minutes a day to spend on themselves
are considering leaving their jobs or reducing their hours, with many citing burnout and household responsibilities as the primary reason.
are affected by postpartum depression
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have reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder throughout the pandemic
have less than 10 minutes a day to care for their own needs
say they do not have 60 total minutes daily to care for themselves
say they have less than 60 total minutes daily to care for themselves
In England, around one in five women has a common mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or self-harm.
Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression
Effects of the pandemic on mental health: