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Many Americans Experiencing 'More Mental Health Concerns Than Ever Before'

A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found more than 4 in 10 Americans say stress from the coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health.
The Kaiser Family Foundation found more than 4 in 10 Americans say stress from the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health.(Jude Beck/Unsplash)

The United Nations is urging leaders to address mental health as the coronavirus pandemic adds to psychological distress around the world.

A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 45% of Americans say stress from the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. Many people are experiencing more mental health concerns than ever before, says Ken Duckworth, chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The U.S. saw a between overdose has been declining over the past several years. from physical distancing, the threat of unemployment and anxiety that loved ones will get sick is accelerating this pre-existing mental health crisis, he says.

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