Mental health during Covid-19

As millions across the U.S. prepare to return to work – and maybe, a level of normalcy – the phrase, “We’re all in this together,” heard constantly in the media, turns out to be both true and untrue. Drs. Claudia Finkelstein, and public health researchers Jennifer E. Johnson and Julia Felton write about the need to focus on our "emotional protective equipment" as reopening begins.



Dr. Jennifer E. Johnson

From Go Green, Go Live: Dr. Jennifer E. Johnson, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, gives some practical tips on how to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and stay mentally well during this unprecedented period of social distancing. "I think of mental health like physical health. It's on a continuum, right. You are almost never almost perfectly unhealthy but never perfectly healthy. In any given year about 30-35% will have a diagnosable mental health disorder. But, all of us go up and down," shared Johnson. 


Spartan helmet

COVID-19 shelter in place isolation can negatively affect people in substance use recovery. Dr. Julia Felton, a clinical psychologist in the Michigan State University Division of Public Health, and a panelist of experts will lead a discussion on how peer recovery coaches and navigators can effectively and safely help patients sustain their recovery, as well as care for themselves, during the COVID-19 pandemic. An open Q&A session followed the presentation. Hosted by the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) on May 28, 2020 


Mental health and covid

Drs. Rodlescia S. Sneed, Kent Key, Sarah Bailey, and Vicki Johnson-Lawrence publish an article in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. They discuss the mental health consequences of COVID-19, particularly in African-American communities. Yet, they're traditionally less engaged in mental health treatment compared to other racial groups.