The close of any year is a good time to step back and take stock,
The close of any year is a good time to step back and take stock, but it’s especially valuable as the shockwaves of COVID-19 begin to recede through effective vaccines and promising treatments. Where do we stand today and where are we headed in 2022?
The pandemic clearly imposed an enormous toll on mental health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the height of the pandemic in June 2020 nearly 41 percent of Americans reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse. Compared to pre-COVID 2019 levels, reports of anxiety disorders were three times higher and depressive disorders four times higher. Most alarmingly, the number of U.S. adults having serious thoughts of suicide increased by 664,000.