Noah Baker and Heidi Ledford ask how the pandemic is affecting mental health

Studying mental health in populations is not a simple task, but as the pandemic has continued, mounting concerns have mobilized researchers.

Now, researchers have used data from helplines in 20 countries to assess the impacts that COVID, as well as associated political and public health measures like financial assistance programs and lockdowns, have had on mental health. Contrary to expectations, loneliness and concerns about the impacts of the pandemic drove most of the callers, rather than imminent threats such as suicidal thoughts or abuse.

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