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Taking the Measure of Mental Health in a Pandemic

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In March, to better understand and measure mental health distress, a working group in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Mental Health undertook research to assess the mental health impact of the pandemic over time through the inclusion of key questions in existing and nationally representative domestic and international surveys.

Nearly six months into the COVID-19 crisis, survey data have yielded insights regarding traditional and social media’s impacts on mental health and the pandemic’s psychological effects on people with no history of mental illness. Here, researchers share some initial findings from the ongoing projects.

APPA 2021 Presentations:

Johnson RM; with Riehm KE, Smail E, Nordeck C, Brenneke S, and Thrul J. Alcohol and cannabis use among Black Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychopathological Association (virtual). March 4-6, 2021.

Smail E, Riehm K, Veldhuis C, Johnson R, Holingue C, Stuart E, Kalb L, Thrul J. Associations of household structure and presence of children in the household with mental distress during the early stages of the US COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presentation at Annual Meeting of the American Psychopathological Association (virtual); March 4-6, 2021. See related poster...