The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on both the physical and mental health of communities. Alongside the virus itself, fear of infection, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and worries about finances are contributing to rates of increased anxiety across the country. “Deaths of despair”—those resulting from suicide, substance use disorders or alcoholism—are being called the epidemic within the COVID-19 pandemic. Tragically, these deaths are expected to continue to rise, but health systems can help to curb them by providing necessary mental health services and spiritual support. Read More >>>

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