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Central Coast Voices: Mental health in a pandemic

Depression and anxiety continue to rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus continues across the U.S. it has created a level of isolation not previously seen before. Fear for our health, and that of family and friends, financial strain, food shortages, and much more brought on by the pandemic, can bring extraordinary stress into our daily lives. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in July 2020 found more than half of U.S. adults reported their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus, an increase of 20% from when the same question was asked in March 2020. 

As the pandemic wears on what can we do to protect our mental and physical well being? Join Kris Kington Barker as speaks with guests psychiatrist Murat Z Akalin, MD MPH, and clinical psychologist Ramona Friedman, Ph.D. as they discuss issues of mental health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broadcast date: 9/10/20

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.