Newsweek Magazine: The Mental Health Toll from the Coronavirus Could Rival that of the Disease Itself

The most ominous warnings are emerging from a report on “projected deaths of despair” from COVID-19 by the Robert Graham Center, a think tank associated with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the nonprofit Well Being Trust. They are predicting tens of thousands of additional deaths from suicide, alcohol and drug overdoses, depending on the extent of the economic dislocations and action taken to help those who are struggling. Their estimates range from an additional 27,644 if there is a quick recovery, with the smallest impact on unemployment. In a worst case scenario, they predict the number of additional Americans who will die from suicide, drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths will hit 154,037.
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