Widespread Anxiety, Depression Hit NYC As Pandemic Struck: Survey – New York City, NY Patch

NEW YORK CITY — Add anxiety and depression to the steep health toll that followed the coronavirus’ arrival in New York City during the spring.

Roughly 44 percent of New Yorkers reported feeling anxiety over the coronavirus and 36 percent said they felt depressed in the weeks after the pandemic struck, a new study found.

The study — “Impact of COVID-19 on mental health in New York City” — released by the city’s health department Tuesday only covers the pandemic months from March to June. But its surveys show widespread mental health risk factors associated with the pandemic.

“People in this city have been through so much stress and trauma, and what they’re sharing reflects the difficulty of these recent months,” said Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, in a statement. “There are resources available for New Yorkers feeling stress and anxiety, including the helpline, NYC Well. For anyone who needs support, we recommend you reach out, talk to someone and connect. We are here for you.”

The report’s release coincides with Suicide Prevention Month. There were 261 suicide deaths in the city during the first half of the year, fewer than the 270 over the same time last year.

Officials noted the numbers were provisional and could be revised. Their report also noted differences in the stresses facing various groups of New Yorkers.

Latinx and Asian city dwellers were more likely to report job losses or reduced hours than white residents, according to the report. And 53 percent of Latinx adults reported feelings of financial stress, compared to 40 percent of white New Yorkers, the report states.

More New Yorkers contacted the city’s free behavioral health support service NYC Well so far this year than the same period in 2019, according to the report.

New Yorkers who need mental health help can call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), text “WELL” to 65173 or chat online and nyc.gov/nycwell.

Source: https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/widespread-anxiety-depression-hit-nyc-pandemic-struck-survey