COVID and Mental Health
Mental health, substance use, and suicidal ideation increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use during the COVID pandemic.
Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use and elevated suicidal ideation.
Recommendation: public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic should increase intervention and prevention efforts to address associated mental health conditions.
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence algorithms and syndicated tools can identify at-risk populations.
Syndicated tools identify subnational geographic areas of concern among priority population segments; young adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers and unpaid adult caregivers.
Integrating syndicated ML/AI tools with public, community, educational, employer, health system(s) and corporation data enables prioritization within subsets of the populations and persons at risk.