Taking Care of Your Emotional Well-Being
If you feel stress, grief, or anxiety during this time, you are not alone. Find ideas for what could help at HowRightNow
Many people are having a hard time coping during or after adverse events, like the COVID-19 pandemic. They may be grieving the loss of a loved one or dealing with stress from social isolation, financial problems, and upsetting news about the pandemic. For some people, these feelings are made worse by long-standing social problems, like racism.
Rates of emotional and behavioral health issues, such as depression, anxiety, substance use, domestic violence, and suicidal thoughts, have increased since early 2020.1-3 About 4 in 10 US adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in January 2021, 4 times the number who reported these symptoms in June 2019.4
How Right Now
How Right Now is a communications campaign designed to promote and strengthen the emotional well-being and resilience of people affected by stress, grief, and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How Right Now offers resources and support for people coping with a range of emotions, including:
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2. Czeisler ME, Lane RI, Petrosky E, et al. Mental health, substance use, and suicidal ideation during the COVID-19 pandemic—United States, June 24-30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020;69(32);1049–1057
3. Volkow ND. Collision of the COVID-19 and addiction epidemics. Ann Intern Med. 2020;173(1):61–62.
4. Panchal N, Kamal R, Cox C, Garfield R. The implications of COVID-19 for mental health and substance use – Issue Brief – 9440-03. KFF. Accessed 7 April 2021. https://www.kff.org/report-section/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use-issue-brief/