The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health, with many people struggling to maintain their well-being and needing support.
“Mental well-being is especially important right now given the universal sense of stress and uncertainty as we navigate this pandemic,” said Morissa Henn, DrPH, Community Health director. “We know from a recent CDC study that more than 40 percent of U.S. adults have faced at least one type of serious mental health challenge as a result of COVID-19, and thoughts of suicide as well as substance use are significantly elevated. These adverse behavioral health issues are disproportionately affecting young adults, people of color, essential workers, unpaid caregivers for adults, and people with prior psychiatric conditions.”
“During COVID-19, Intermountain has made it a priority to connect our communities and caregivers with resources to address not only the physical impacts, but the psychological impacts as well,” said Henn. “This includes starting the free Behavioral Health Navigation Service, expanding access to tele-behavioral health services, and developing diverse resources to help patients gain a greater sense of emotional stability.”
Here are some mental health resources that might help if you, a patient, or a loved one needs help:
There’s also been acts of heroism from our caregivers helping those in crisis. Here are two recent examples of Intermountain caregivers stepping up to help those facing mental health challenges.