Mental health challenge amid coronavirus is ‘a crisis on top of a crisis’: American Medical Association President
Blaring ambulances and shuttered stores make visible the illness and economic pain caused by the novel coronavirus, but the widespread mental anguish takes place out of sight.
In a newly released interview, American Medical Association President Patrice Harris says that the coronavirus outbreak has exacerbated mental health challenges nationwide that predated the uncertainty and self-isolation that have accompanied the pandemic, calling the already-difficult situation made worse a “crisis on top of a crisis.”
‘We were having an increase of adolescents and adults who were experiencing anxiety. I have seen an increase in, unfortunately, the number of suicides and suicide attempts in adolescence,” she says. “That was pre-COVID.”
“Now we have this crisis, which actually makes us all anxious and worried and fearful. So we have now a crisis on top of a crisis,” says Harris, the first African-American woman to serve as president of the AMA, a position she has