How to Maintain Good Mental Health During the Pandemic: The Experts Weigh In

Scientists are tracking a surge in despair stemming from pandemic-driven isolation and fear as lockdowns trickle into year two, and the numbers are sobering. A study by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that up to 42% of respondents were experiencing some form of anxiety or depression, up from 11% the previous year.

Recently, Make It Better Media Group Founder & Chief Visionary Officer Susan B. Noyes and psychologist and writer Kristen Jones Neff sat down with three leading mental health experts to discuss the pandemic’s influence on mental wellness.

On the panel: Dr. John Walkup, chair of the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago; Dan Hostetler, executive director of Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center; and Brandon Staglin, president of One Mind. Here is what they had to say about the “hidden pandemic” of mental health.