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A Look At Barriers And Resources In Idaho During Mental Health Month

Colleges Mental Health
Rick Bowmer/AP
In this Nov. 14, 2019, photo, a student attaches a note to the Resilience Project board on the campus of Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah. The purpose of the project is to let students know that it is OK to struggle. More college students are turning to their schools for help with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. That's according to an Associated Press review of more than three dozen public universities. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost 37% of Idaho adults reported symptoms of anxiety of depressive disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And since May is mental health awareness month, Idaho Matters checks-in with two local advocates for mental health. Alex London and Neysa Jensen are with NAMI Treasure Valley, a branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.