#Mentalhealthexperts and public health officials say they are concerned about the #pandemic’s effect on #mentalhealth; indeed, #CDC research indicates more than a quarter of #young adults have considered committing #suicide.
Rutherford County Commissioner Craig Harris, who has made the opioid epidemic and #mentalhealth a priority in his public service, said he is concerned about the county’s #suicide rate.
“I feel like #COVID is definitely attributable,” Harris said. “Any time you isolate someone who’s battling addiction, it’s a dangerous thing. Idle time is one of the worst things that can happen to an addict.”
Tyler Bowman, business development director at Tulip Hill Recovery, which helps treat addictions, said he also worries about the #pandemic’s effects on suicides. The #pandemic had led to a decrease in people seeking help for addiction, and now overdoses are increasing and people are seeking help for addiction, he said.
Many people coming for help had never had substance abuse issues before the #pandemic, he said.
He also said he is afraid that #mentalhealthissues are getting forgotten in the state of concern over the #coronavirus.
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The #U.S.CentersforDiseaseControlandPrevention recently released a report on the status of #Americans’ #mentalhealth based on a survey of 5,470 adults. The survey is titled, “#MentalHealth, Substance Use, and #SuicidalIdeation During the #COVID-19 #Pandemic – United States, June 24-30, 2020.”
It found 40.9 percent reported at least having one adverse mental or behavioral health condition, such as: symptoms of #anxiety disorder or depressive disorder (30.9 percent), symptoms of a trauma-related disorder (26.3 percent), and having started or increased substance use (13.3 percent).
The #CDC found that 10.7 percent of adults had seriously considered #suicide in the prior 30 days, and the figure for adults ages 18-24 was even higher — 25.5 percent. Ethnic results for #suicideideation included #Hispanic, 18.6 percent; and #Blacks, 15.1 percent. Unpaid caregivers for adults reported a rate of 30.7 percent. Essential workers, meanwhile, reported a rate of 21.7 percent.
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Brett Marciel is director of business development and public relations for The Jason Foundation Inc. The Hendersonville-based foundation combats youth suicides.
It’s too soon to have data about suicides during the #pandemic period, Marciel said, because it takes time for the foundation to get its statistics; the latest information from the #CDC is from 2018. Getting the relevant data could take a year.
“But with that said, many experts we talk to really push it out there that there will be a problem with #mentalhealth in the coming future,” he said.
That’s because of #isolation and that it is harder to access healthcare services, Marciel said. Historically, suicides increase when the unemployment rate increases.
“It’s not something we can see now, but you’re less able to rely on your social network when you’re not seeing anybody day-to-day,” he said. “Anytime you take somebody who may have a #mentalillness … the #isolation, the lack of connectedness can exacerbate the problems.”
Marciel pointed to an April CNN report quoting the Substance Abuse and #MentalHealthServices Administration, which said call volumes to its Disaster Distress Helpline increased 338 percent versus February. March year-to-year calls increased 891 percent.
The Tennessee #SuicidePrevention Network website (tspn.org) provides a number of warning signs of possible #suicideideation, including but not limited to:
- · Talking about #suicide, death, and/or no reason to live
- · Preoccupation with death and dying
- · Withdrawal from friends and/or social activities
- · Experience of a recent severe loss (especially a relationship) or the threat of a significant loss
- · Experience or fear of a situation of humiliation of failure
- · Drastic changes in behavior
- · Loss of interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
- · Preparation for death by making out a will (unexpectedly) and final arrangements
- · Giving away prized possessions