As the coronavirus forced people inside this spring and asked them to isolate themselves at home, in some case from loved ones and friends, experts across the country raised concerns about the possible mental health crisis to come. In Idaho, pre-existing rates of suicide put folks here on high alert for an increase in anxiety, depression and other disorders.
Six months later, Idaho Matters checked in with Lee Flinn who is the director of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline to learn how the hotline has adapted during COVID, and whether our mental health concerns from the spring have been borne out. During the conversation, Flinn stressed the need for businesses and employers to support their employees experiencing stress, anxiety and depression.
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