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Mental Health Care Should Be Available for All, Not a Luxury

Rates of mental illness were already high in the U.S., but the pandemic intensified everything: Illness, loneliness, job loss, grief, and other stressors related to COVID induced a nationwide rise in anxiety and depression. As difficult as the pandemic has been, however, it hit some groups far harder than others. It exacerbated social and economic inequities already known to drive and sustain poor mental health among marginalized communities. Those in rural America, already less likely to receive mental health care than those in urban areas, were particularly hard hit. So were people of color, who are more likely to be hospitalized and die from COVID and are less likely to receive mental health care compared with white people. And for those who were unhoused or formerly incarcerated, the consequences have been profound.

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The impact of 'social malnutrition' on students' mental health and how to address it

For more than two years, Rachel MacFadyen had become used to seeing her classmates wearing masks and hand sanitizer dispensers placed around her school, an atmosphere she says didn't exactly encourage socializing.

As a result of measures put in place to lower transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel says she doesn't have as close a connection with her classmates as she used to.

"I just miss being able to just be with people and not feel like I have to be cautious," the Grade 9 student told CBC News. "I miss feeling more free."

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Many Long COVID Patients Identify as Disabled and Feelings Are Complicated

“A Tsunami of disability.” 

That’s how the ongoing influx of newly disabled people as a result of COVID-19 has been described, in this case by Claire Pomeroy for Scientific American. That increase, estimated recently to be north of one million people by The Center for American Progress, has caused significant discomfort in the disability community.

It's a sense of unease that could have lasting mental health consequences for all involved. 

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People in performing arts twice as likely to have depression, Equity finds

People working in entertainment and performing arts are twice as likely to experience depression as the general population, according to a review of more than 100 academic studies.

The impact of Covid restrictions on theatres and other venues in 2020 and 2021 had exacerbated contributory factors such as job insecurity and low pay, said the performing arts practitioners’ union, Equity, which commissioned the review.

Antisocial working hours, time away from home and lack of support from people in positions of authority also fueled anxiety and depression.

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