United Church of Christ

How COVID-19 May Impact Mental Health and Wellness

  • Common reactions to a global pandemic such as:
    • Fear and worry about personal health status and that of loved ones, including exposure to COVID 19
    • Changes in sleep and eating patterns
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Worsening of chronic health problems
    • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
  • Increased symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions from
    • Isolation,
    • Disruption in work and school schedules/loss of routine,
    • Financial stressors,
    • Changes in physical health, and
    • Inability to access familiar support people and systems.
  • Some people may be at higher risk of mental health challenges including
    • People with preexisting mental health conditions,
    • People with substance use disorders,
    • Children, and
    • First responders such as doctors and healthcare workers.

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