Preparing Michigan for the Behavioral Health Impact of COVID-19

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has prepared a 29 page report on the coming mental health impact of COVID-19 and possible solutions. Here are some excerpts from the introduction:


"The COVID-19 crisis will have a profound impact on the mental health of Michiganders. Due to the emergence of the disease and its impact on our lives and economy, many of the conditions that are known to increase risk for suicide are now in place in Michigan."


"The research literature indicates that the impact of economic downturn, isolation/quarantine, increased substance use, insomnia, and lack of community gatekeepers, among other factors, could all lead to increased deaths by suicide—unless we act."


"This paper seeks to promote awareness of this coming crisis and offer solutions. It concludes with a sampling of immediate action steps we in Michigan can take to minimize the fallout of COVID-19 on mental health in our communities, including: improving access to care through awareness, affordability, and technology; workforce development; and fixing gaps in critical behavioral health infrastructure."


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