CDC survey: 11 percent of Americans seriously considered suicide in June

COVID-19 continuing to affect mental health
Posted at 6:35 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 19:35:44-04

OMAHA, Neb. — COVID-19 has brought up numerous mental health challenges. A new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that those challenges are growing, including an increase in suicidal thoughts in U.S. adults.

In late June, over 40 percent of U.S. adults reported to be struggling with mental health issues. 31 percent reported anxiety and depression symptoms while 11 percent reported seriously considering suicide.

The data offers a small snapshot into America's mental health. But the data's greatest value is making sure people are aware of the increased stresses during this time and getting the help they need.

"Symptoms can escalate quickly especially now. So access that support and your resources," CHI Health mental health therapist Tim Hron said. "Talk to somebody you trust. It doesn't have to be a mental health professional it can be a trusted family member or friend."

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