New Statistics Show Mental Health Worsening Since Pandemic Began
According to a new survey published this month, nearly 50 percent of parents say their kid’s mental health has worsened since the summer. This finding is part of a survey published by ParentsTogether, a national parent-led non-profit with more than 2 million members, to see how families are coping throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The survey also found that in terms of emotional and mental health, families are continuing to struggle. Here’s some of the survey’s latest findings: `
– 67 percent of respondents said that someone in their house is struggling mentally or emotionally.
– 60 percent of adults said their mental health has gotten worse, or much worse, since the summer.
– 47 percent of parents said their kids mental health has gotten worse, or much worse, since the summer.
– 62 percent of parents are concerned about their families’ ability to make it through the winter, mentally or emotionally.
– 66 percent reported feeling exhausted extremely or very often, 61 percent reported feeling overwhelmed extremely or very often, and 47 percent reported feeling sad/depressed extremely or very often.
The mental health effects on individuals throughout the pandemic is one of many worrying statistics. From the fear and anxiety caused by the pandemic to feelings of loneliness and isolation caused by social distancing and the stress induced by unemployment, there are a number of mental health effects caused by the pandemic.
It’s important, now more than ever, to take care of your mental health and check in with others — and to seek professional mental healthcare when needed.
In addition to seeking professional care, there are several healthy ways recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for you and your family to cope with the stress.
- Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy (in person or through telehealth services).
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media.
- Take care of your body.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, consider connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.