As the United States approaches the one-year anniversary of the start of COVID-19 lockdowns, a new study shows that material hardship – difficulty paying for food, bills and healthcare – is taking a toll on the mental and physical health of young adults.

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The coronavirus hit and all we did was figure out how to work remotely for those who can and left the rest of the people to waste. We didn’t figure out how to sustain mental well-being, we gave people next to no resources to survive, we didn’t figure out how to keep education afloat, we only cared about jobs. Mental health issues and domestic abuse cases have likely never been higher and reported/acted on even less. This pandemic has made it clear where priorities lie and where we are willing to take an L at the cost of entire livelihoods. Edit: for those trying to make clear/finger-pointing this is mostly the US, it was the headline of the entire post.


Wait so you’re telling me that forcing me to not make money and then doing very little to next to nothing to make up for that loss of income, leading to the deterioration of several of Maslow’s Needs for half the nation, is going to make people mentally unwell? Huh.


Hate to break it to you, but ‘material hardship’ has been taking it’s toll on young adults’ health for far longer than covid has been around. Wealth gap and all, you know.


I intern at a community mental health agency that was bracing for major financial hardship once it was clear covid would be a long term thing. We now have a month-long waitlist. The pandemic has been disastrous for people’s mental health for a wide variety of reasons and anecdotally the most affected people have definitely been older adolescents and young adults.


We were struggling before, now it’s just worse. If our government could pay for a couple months of rent, we may be able to catch up.