By | Beatrix Lockwood | www.reuters.com
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Months in, the pandemic continues to take a toll on mental health. As part of our #AskReuters Twitter chat series, Reuters gathered a group of experts to share their tips on coping with isolation, caregiving and more.
Below are edited highlights.
How does isolation affect mental health? What are some strategies we can use to find community during a lockdown?
“Before the pandemic, we were already in the middle of a mental health crisis. And the pandemic has only made that more urgent. An August survey from the Centers for Disease Control found that over 40% of adults reported experiencing mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression.”
— Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global
“Physical isolation doesn’t mean social isolation. Staying connected is more important than ever. Take a walk, enjoy nature, gather in small numbers outside. Be present.”