Pandemic Takes Growing Toll on Mental Health

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A man wearing a facemask attends a yoga class being held on a roof top parking lot, as the studio cannot be open to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, August 4, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. (VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

The coronavirus pandemic has many people feeling isolated in their homes, detached from loved ones, and anxious about their livelihoods. All of that is taking a major toll on mental health. The U.S. suicide rate rose after the 2008 recession, and experts warn that vulnerable individuals are more at risk of suicide during periods of crisis.  We’ll talk about how to address anxiety and depression, when to seek help, and what services are available for individuals and families struggling to cope.


Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

Mental Health Association San Francisco



Dr. David Spiegel, director of the Center on Stress and Health, Stanford Medicine

Narges Zohoury Dillon, executive director, Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

Juan Acosta, assistant manager of the California Peer-Run Warm Line and Youth Mental Health Advocate

Jim Kooler, assistant deputy director of behavioral health at the California Department of Health Care Services