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More Than 169,000 People Screen Positive For Depression Or Anxiety Since The Start Of The Pandemic

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

Alexandria, VA –The COVID-19 pandemic continues to exact a huge toll on the mental health of the nation. As of the end of June, more than 7,000 people each day were going to Mental Health America’s (MHA) web site ( to take a voluntary, anonymous mental health screen.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 170,000 total screeners screened positive (moderate to severe) for either anxiety or depression – over and above November to January baselines.

In addition, in June alone 18,000 additional screeners were positive (at risk) for psychosis, continuing a spike that began in May, when more than 16,000 screened positive for psychosis.

“We continue to see staggering numbers that indicate increase rates in depression and anxiety because of COVID-19,” commented Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of Mental Health America. “It is clear the mental effects are impacting people now – and will continue for those who mourn loved ones and for those whose anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and other serious conditions are left untreated. The country and the world will pay a price if we don’t take all of this very seriously."

Read the full article here.

For a slide deck with additional results and trends in the MHA data, please click here.

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