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Demand for Mental Health Services Increases Due to COVID-19
As COVID-19 stay-at-home lockdowns kept most Americans isolated—even from family members–social isolation, rising unemployment, and shutdowns in the service and hospitality sector contribute to a rise in mental health problems.
In fact, experts have already voiced concerns on the secondary effects America is yet to see from COVID-19. There’s expected to be a rise in poor mental health throughout the pandemic and increased rates of mental health problems afterward due to the stress of isolation, boredom, decreased access to mental health resources, and unemployment. But an increase in mental health issues will not be the only factor for much-needed counseling and support from mental health providers.
Health care researchers are predicting an increase in the number of people addicted as well as suicides because of the coronavirus quarantine. Depending on how long the pandemic lasts, projections from the Robert Graham Center range from an additional 27,644 to 154,037 deaths in the next decade as a result of despair over the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released staggering new data in August showing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s mental health, particularly for young people. Among people ages 18-24, one in four (25.5%) “seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days,” according to the survey. That translates into 82.5 million young men and women across the country contemplating ending their lives. Furthermore, 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health in the prior 30 days, according to the CDC data.
Where do people find relief in these incredibly stressful times?
“Stress is particularly problematic for people with mental health issues because the primary path of managing the spread of this virus is social isolation, and isolation is the most savage of mental illness symptoms…isolation is a risk for a return to poor mental health or an escalation of use,” says Dayry Hulkow, primary therapist at Arete Recovery.
As a result of social distancing orders throughout the United States, even health providers—doctors, therapists, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, and support staff—all needed to find new and different ways to meet with patients who required immediate or ongoing counseling.
To help facilitate mental health recovery efforts, many support groups, organizations, and mental health centers have shifted to an online model of providing services. Through video chats, conference calls, live video meetings, and individual counseling sessions, people dealing with mental health disorders can continue to get help while waiting for the social distancing orders to be lifted.
While statistics show overdoses have risen 42 percent since February, Paul K. Burke, executive director at Brooklyn Teen Challenge, says the number of inquiries for help has dropped.
These days, most Teen Challenge units are back to functioning as before, with precautionary measures in place. Those include following Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines for taking temperatures, deep cleaning of facilities, and quarantining any positive cases among staff and students for 14 days. 3 While people put off making appointments to their doctors or therapists, in fear of catching the Covid-19 virus, mental health counseling and telehealth centers encourage relapsed addicts to reach out for help now. Just like any other chronic condition or mental health issues must be treated soon, before causing life-threatening situations, or suicides.
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Please consider the experienced counseling and support that we provide at Kentucky Hope Counseling. If you or a loved one struggles with mental health or life-controlling issue, please give us a call now at 866-443-1481 to find the best mental health counseling center that accept residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to hearing from you!