Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team | October 30, 2020
The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taken a dramatic toll on virtually all aspects of life, from the economy, to employment, relationships, public health, and personal health.
In the United States, more than 200,000 individuals have died of the coronavirus. As of October, hundreds of thousands of Americans are filing unemployment claims each week. For all of us, the pandemic has become a time marked by uncertainty, fear, and grief.
According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 40 percent of US adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use issues.
Although much of the general population has admitted to feeling more anxious and depressed during the pandemic, those with substance use and mental health issues face unique challenges.
What’s important to know during this time is that everyone responds to stressful situations differently. There is no wrong way to feel or to react to the changes you may see around you, or in people you love.
Since March 2020, numerous resource guides and directories have been developed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to fill the gaps the pandemic has created in access to care, social support, and ensuring quality and affordable treatment.
Here you’ll find information on:
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and substance use
List of mental health and addiction resources
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about telehealth
caring for a loved one who is struggling
Why Are People Struggling More During The Pandemic?
Mental health difficulties that people are experiencing during the pandemic are not something that can be traced back to a single source. For most people, it’s likely a combination of factors.
The ways that people are impacted by sources of coronavirus-related stress can also differ depending on mental health history, the hardship they’ve personally experienced during the pandemic, and other personal risk factors.
Sources of stress related to the coronavirus pandemic might include:
changes in employment
being an essential worker (or worrying about a loved one who is)
being high-risk for COVID-19 complications
substance use/mental health relapse
severed access to medical and behavioral health services
reduced social support
uncertainty of the timeline of the pandemic
returning to school or work (for yourself or loved ones)
increased attention towards germs/spreading disease
Find out more about how to cope with these issues and improve your mental health during COVID-19: https://www.arkbh.com/covid-19-resources/