COVID-19 has exacerbated an already prevailing mental health crisis. Stay-at-home orders and social distancing have led to isolation, job loss, and virus-related anxiety and depression. It’s essential that healthcare practices know what tools and strategies are available so they can meet patient needs and manage care effectively now and in the future.
“Research reveals that social isolation and loneliness are consistently linked to cardiovascular disease and poor mental health.”1
1 N. Leigh-Hunt,D. Bagguley,K. Bash,V. Turner,S. Turnbull,N. Valtorta,W. Caan, “An overview of systemic reviews on the public health consequences of social isolation and loneliness,” Public Health, November 2017, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2017.07.035”