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COVID-19, Trauma, Mental Health and Substance Use

In 2019, more than 156,000 Americans died from alcohol, drugs, and suicide, a slight increase from 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic created additional stressors in 2020—from direct effects of illness to indirect effects like financial stress, social isolation, and the disruption of school, healthcare, etc.

The latest report in Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust’s Pain in the Nation series:

  • Examines the effect of trauma and the COVID-19 pandemic as they relate to mental health, substance use, and Americans’ well-being;
  • Reviews the latest mortality trends from alcohol, drugs, and suicide;
  • Outlines key policy recommendations to stem and reverse these trends