Cheryl Brown Merriwether, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPRC, CRSS, CM
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The findings of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report during late June 2020, reported considerably elevated adverse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation related to COVID-19.
Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, and essential workers (among others) reported having experienced disproportionately worse outcomes during this window of time regardless of levels of income or education.
The public health response to COVID-19 pandemic should prioritize these groups and increase early intervention and prevention efforts to address associated mental health conditions.
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“The (CDC Weekly Report, June 2020) clearly evidences the issues caused by social isolation and lockdowns… The Assistant Secretary of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA) again urges local and state officials to consider all aspects of health and not solely virus containment as we move forward. Research is clear on the effect of shutdown and social isolation on an individual’s mental health. The negative health effects are potentially long-lasting and very consequential for individuals and their families.”