What are the mental health consequences of COVID-19?

As the weeks wear on, the stress, fear, and isolation caused by coronavirus is taking a toll on Americans. Is your health plan prepared to support member concerns like these today—and address the increase in mental health conditions in the coming months?

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Nearly half of adults in the U.S. reported that worry and stress over the coronavirus has negatively impacted their mental health.1

1,000% increase in texts to the federal emergency hotline for people in emotional distress2

Isolation, job loss, and income instability—all repercussions of this crisis—pose mental health risks.

People who are isolating during coronavirus experienced significantly more negative mental health effects than those who were not1

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47% of those sheltering in place reported negative mental health effects

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37% of those not sheltering in place reported negative mental health effects

The groups financially affected by the outbreak are most likely to experience the highest psychological distress.3

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Women

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Young people

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Low-income Americans

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People experiencing job and income loss

Mental health is a common comorbidity.

People who are isolating during coronavirus experienced significantly more negative mental health effects than those who were not1

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53% of those with fair or poor health status reported that worry or stress related to coronavirus has negatively impacted their mental health

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44% of those with excellent, very good, or good health status reported that worry or stress related to coronavirus has negatively impacted their mental health1

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46% of chronic and immunocompromised patients indicated that stress is exacerbating their condition4

Health plans are rising to meet the emotional needs of members during COVID-19.

40% increase in members seeking support from their health plan for stress and anxiety on the Wellframe platform

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Mental health is an emerging potential crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. To address these short-term and long-term mental health effects, health plans must be able to extend their relationships with members. With capabilities for remote patient monitoring and management, plans will be able to uncover the holistic needs of their members so they can provide long-term support.

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