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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – A Quarter of #Young #Adults Considered #Suicide Because of the #Pandemic, #CDC Finds

In a recent survey, 25 percent of #young #adults reported having “seriously considered #suicide” due to #COVID-19 — and they’re not the only group at increased risk.

By Kylie Gilbert

COVID Suicide Stats

It’s no secret that #COVID-19 has taken a toll on just about everyone’s #mental and emotional well-being — even celebrities. Ask any therapist and they’ll tell you they’ve been busier than ever, both with new and existing clients grappling with unprecedented levels of #anxiety and grief. What’s also become crystal clear is that certain groups are at higher risk of experiencing serious #mentalhealth consequences as a result of the #pandemic.

In late June, the #CentersforDiseaseControlandPrevention (#CDC) conducted a survey of 5,000 adults to “assess #mentalhealth, substance use, and #suicidalideation during the #pandemic.” What they found: 25% of young adults ages 18-24 reported having “seriously considered #suicide” in the previous 30 days due to the #pandemic. (By comparison, this dropped to about 11% when looking at all survey respondents under 65.)

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

The study authors note that the percentage of respondents who reported having seriously considered #suicide was also significantly higher among unpaid caregivers and essential workers, as well as certain racial groups — including #Hispanic and #Black respondents. (Confirmation that in all regards, #coronavirus has never been color blind.)

Unsurprisingly, the survey also concluded that “symptoms of #anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the #UnitedStates during April–June of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.” Of all participants surveyed, 31% reported experiencing symptoms of #anxiety and #depression, with 26 percent experiencing symptoms of trauma or #stress-related disorders.  (As InStyle previously reported, while anyone can be diagnosed with #PTSD, it’s #women who face a greater risk of developing the condition.)

RELATED: We’re All at Risk of Developing #PTSD from the #COVID-19 #Pandemic

Although the study method has its flaws (the web-based survey results were self-reported), the researchers concluded that identifying these groups “at increased risk for psychological distress and unhealthy coping can inform policies to address health inequity, including increasing access to resources for clinical diagnoses and treatment options.”

They also noted that expanded use of telehealth (check out our list of low-cost or completely free inclusive #mentalhealthresources) “might reduce #COVID-19-related #mentalhealth consequences.”

If you or someone you know is contemplating #suicide, call the #NationalSuicidePreventionHotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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