Blog posts with the tag "COVID-19"

Staff Perspective: Alcohol Use and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Jeff Cook

While increased alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic has often been the focus of jokes and memes in social media, information about the magnitude and reasons behind these increases are not as amusing. In this first of a two-part blog series, Dr. Jeff Cook looks at research documenting increases in alcohol sales and consumption and consider how behavioral health providers can support their clients by recommending healthier alternatives.

Staff Perspective: COVID-19, Connectedness, and Suicide Prevention

Lisa French

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and one goal is to help provide information on suicide prevention programs and resources. Although it is important to focus on suicide prevention every day of every year, given the challenges of 2020, this year it may be even more important. 

By the Numbers: 14 September 2020


The percentage of U.S. adults who "reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus," according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) -- The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use. "This is significantly higher than the 32% reported in March, the first time this question was included in KFF polling."

Staff Perspective: The Intersection of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Racism, and Suicide Risk

Erin Frick, Psy.D.

It has been a tough year for many people around the world as we struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Within the United States, we have not only surpassed the 6 million mark of people infected with the virus, but our deaths from the virus are nearing 200,000. We are more than six months into a period of extended social distancing and quarantine, and most of us are feeling depleted. To add to this stress, we also have a second pandemic we are battling, the racism pandemic.