Mental health is especially vital now

Mental health is especially vital now

Good mental health is critical to leading a healthy and productive life. The challenges of maintaining mental health are more apparent than ever, with millions of Americans out of work and millions more staying as isolated as we can. The economic earthquake brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak is especially concerning for mental health. Increasingly, research shows that economic and social factors ranging from housing and insurance to low incomes and segregation can have profound impacts on mental health. Those problems can seem unsolvable. But they can be addressed if we know where to start. My colleagues and I at the Colorado Health Institute have dreamed for three years of building a web-based map to help spot neighborhoods throughout the state where daily life puts residents at higher risk for poor mental health. Now, in partnership with The Colorado Health Foundation, we’ve done it. Root Causes: Tracing How Social and Economic Life in Colorado Communities Affects Mental Health�lets users explore interactive maps and dashboards that show how various social factors, such as housing, income inequality, and racial segregation, influence mental health. Research increasingly points to the importance of these factors in mental health, but it can be hard to see those connections. Root Causes provides a powerful window into how social conditions influence mental health and which Colorado communities we can focus our resources on to ensure that residents have what they need to support good mental health. We want elected officials and community leaders to pay attention to the wealth of data ...
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