In an article published on line August 14, 2020, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) restates what I've been warning my team about for months; the mental health pandemic has arrived and with it the increase of suicidal ideation, attempted suicides, and deaths due to alcohol and drug overdose (https://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/202008140930). The article is a plead to return to some form of pre-Covid-19 life where people had a purpose and a plan for their lives. The article called "SAMHSA Statement Regarding CDC's MMWR on Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic" says,
"The negative health effects are potentially long-lasting and very consequential for individuals and their families. The best fight we have against these issues is the safe reopening and return to some type of normalcy for Americans."
I am baffled how America has become so fearful of a possibility of getting a disease that they are willing to die in all other aspects of their life. The proposed solutions to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic was to isolate, avoid others at all costs, and refuse to return to work. These safety measures have made people feel less safe and has increased symptoms of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts that could be diminished if the country were allowed to open up and return to some form of normalcy.
In an article published August 14, 2020, by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm) referencing a June 24-30, 2020 survey measuring the mental health affects of Covid-19,
"Overall, 40.9% of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition, including symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder (30.9%), symptoms of a trauma- and stressor-related disorder (TSRD) related to the pandemic† (26.3%), and having started or increased substance use to cope with stress or emotions related to COVID-19 (13.3%). The percentage of respondents who reported having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days before completing the survey (10.7%) was significantly higher among respondents aged 18–24 years (25.5%), minority racial/ethnic groups (Hispanic respondents [18.6%], non-Hispanic black [black] respondents [15.1%]), self-reported unpaid caregivers for adults§ (30.7%), and essential workers¶ (21.7%)."
The article identified those who are the most vulnerable,
"Mental health conditions are disproportionately affecting specific populations, especially young adults, Hispanic persons, black persons, essential workers, unpaid caregivers for adults, and those receiving treatment for preexisting psychiatric conditions."
The statistics seem to indicate that the death rate attributed to the Corona-Virus has decreased and the subsequent results of mental health disorders, addiction, and suicides have increased. Shouldn't we reboot our thinking and focus on this current pandemic? If you or someone you know are suffering the negative effects brought on by Covid-19 (or anything else), please reach out to us. We're here to help.
"And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?"