A second silent pandemic could sweep the country alongside COVID-19

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‘JAMA’ says to expect an “overflow of mental illness that will inevitably emerge from this pandemic,” and that the surge will itself be a pandemic. Researchers are setting off alarms about the mental health crisis quietly sweeping the nation alongside COVID-19, in a new report in JAMA Internal Medicine . The authors say to expect an “overflow of mental illness that will inevitably emerge from this pandemic,” and that the surge will itself be a pandemic. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 has spawned a mental health crisis. Can branding help break the taboo?

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Pentagram’s Paula Scher designs the visual identity for Kenneth Cole’s new relaunched Mental Health Coalition. COVID-19 is taking a huge toll on mental health . The pandemic has had a devastating effect on all parts of life—filling hospitals, emptying public spaces, shuttering businesses, and closing social circles to the confines of our homes (save the occasional Zoom call). If someone is feeling alone, the self-isolation that quarantine requires might make that person feel the most alone they’ve ever felt. Read Full Story

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I’m a psychologist. Here’s how employers can help workers get through this pandemic

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While everyone should take responsibility for their mental health, there’s a host of things employers can do to help employees remain happy and productive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With COVID-19 dominating much of our lives, realities such as social isolation, economic losses, additional responsibilities at home, and increasingly heartrending headlines are all taking their toll on our mental health. As much of the world adopts social distancing to do their part to flatten the COVID-19 curve, many are experiencing increased feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, or loneliness. Read Full Story

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3 signs that your coworker may be struggling with mental health issues

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A clinical psychologist notes that when we no longer encounter people in the office, we need to be more proactive to detect the red flags that indicate mental health issues. The COVID-19 outbreak and its implications are causing an increase in employees’ stress levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety . The lack of social interactions coupled with financial and professional uncertainty is difficult for most people, resulting in work-related stress. Read Full Story

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CDC: people without a college degree are more likely to consider suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic

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While the study found that, overall, 10.7% of U.S. adults seriously considered suicide during the pandemic, that proportion increased in certain segments of the population due to socioeconomic factors. While the physical and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t be more glaring, the pandemic has had a horrifying effect on something that is most often invisible: people’s mental health. That’s according to an alarming new study released by the CDC that examined people’s self-reported state of mental health during the pandemic. Read Full Story

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