Mental Health in America: Connecting Physical and Mental Health

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Mental Health in America: Connecting Physical and Mental Health

Stat: 21%: The share of U.S. adults who experienced high levels of psychological distress in February 2021, one year after the COVID-19 outbreak began. And nearly 28% said the pandemic changed their lives in “a major way.”

Story: The conversation on acknowledging, identifying, and treating mental health challenges has shifted during the pandemic as a growing number of Americans experience high levels of psychological distress. In this episode we speak to Alec Tyson from The Pew Research Center about how Americans are managing their mental health during difficult times. We’ll also hear from Laura Marques Brown, an ecotherapist, and Chelsey Luger, wellness advocate and author, about their work breaking down stigmas associated with therapy and prioritizing wellness. Luger will also speak about what indigenous knowledge can teach us about maintaining good mental health.

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