- One in five American adults has a mental health condition.
- 21 million Americans have depression.
- Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. It affects 40 million people.
- Suicide accounts for 41,000 deaths annually in the U.S. It is the 10th leading cause of death.
- The rate of mental health disorders doubles for those who have been to war or lived through a disaster, including the pandemic.
Many people are experiencing grief during the pandemic. Grief is a normal response to loss. Grief can happen in response to loss of life, as well as to drastic changes in daily routines and ways of life that usually bring us comfort.
If you are feeling stress, grief, or anxiety during this time, you are not alone.
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during challenging times. However, feeling strong emotions or being stressed for extended periods of time can have negative effects on your health. Learning to cope in a healthy way will help you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. You can help yourself, others, and your community by sharing the information in this handbook.
Remember: You are not alone. It is OK to be not OK. There are resources available to help.