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Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Coronavirus pandemic impacting mental health within young adults

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Coronavirus pandemic impacting mental health within young adults
Coronavirus pandemic impacting mental health within young adults

About a year into this crippling pandemic, the CDC says 25% of young adults say they've seriously considered suicide

C-d-c reports, 63-percent of 18- to 24-year olds experienced anxiety or depression because of the pandemic.

Action news now reporter ana torrea is live in redding..

Ana you spoke to several people, how are they coping?

There's still a lot of young adults feeling mental stress, anxiety, and depression.

Almost one year since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and hailey bamford is still feeling the mental stress.

Take sot* trt :12 hailey bamford lives in anderson i've had a lot going with a loss of my friends and stuff because we haven't been able to hang out as much and that's been not as a good.

This is her first year of college-- but she feels she's missing out.

Take sot* trt :10 hailey bamford lives in anderson i was really involved in high school i had a bunch of clubs and stuff that i was in, so i was interacting with people all the time ((butt to)) take sot* trt :11 nicole smith psychological counselor at shasta college there's a lot of grief and loss about not getting that typical experience that people plan to have when they're finishing high school going off to college.

Nicole smith-- a psychological counselor at shasta college tells action news now-- lonliness, disconnect, and uncertainty are what many young adults are feeling*ana stand up* trt ana torrea atorreanews smith also says, some of the best ways to cope include: focus on what you can control... keep a routine... and connect on social media... but for josh oessinger says-- work has been a good distraction.*take sot* trt :07 josh oessinger lives in palo cedro now that im working, i've been able to make a lot of friends and meet a lot of cool people that have made this all worth it.

Smith says-- people who are struggling should reach out for help.*take sot* trt :10 nicole smith psychological counselor at shasta college if you can get to somebody to talk, it's going to decrease the chance you will complete suicide it will decrease the chance of substance use as well smith says, several students have been using tele-health services and she's been meeting with them through zoom.

Reporting live in redding, ana torrea, action news now coverage you can

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