Mental Health

Megan Kent

The coronavirus pandemic has taxed America’s mental health system over the past year and one thing is clear: young adults are having the hardest time coping out of any age group.


Children’s mental health is being greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and doctors around the world say what they’re seeing is alarming. From eating disorders to panic attacks, doctors are seeing it all. Add to that a rise in child abuse and overdoses in children and teens and this could be a recipe for disaster.

It's been a traumatic year. The pandemic. Social justice protests in response to police brutality. An insurrection at the nation's capital. Now our nation is dealing with two mass shootings.


This interview originally aired June 30, 2020.

Your eyes close, and you’re asleep. Suddenly you’re out in public without a mask on. Or, you’re wearing a mask, but no one around you is and they’re getting way too close to you. 

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Child abuse, neglect and growing up in a seriously dysfunctional household are all adverse childhood experiences or ACES for short. And if these experiences are ignored, unresolved or left untreated these experiences can create childhood trauma and toxic stress that can create lifelong mental and physical health issues.

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When COVID-19 first closed behavioral health clinics, therapy moved online right away. Now 11 months into the pandemic, Idaho Matters talks with one behavioral health company about what they've learned so far and what may forever change when it comes to mental health care. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has required so much for so many of us. It’s fair to say the ongoing stress, fear, grief and uncertainty created by the pandemic can wear anyone down. This time in our history has been especially tough on children and teenagers.

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“Burnout” is a feeling many Idahoans can relate to these days. From the political upheaval in the country, and the anxiety that comes with trying to get through the COVID-19 pandemic to the economic instability in the face of those two crises, there’s a lot to feel exhausted by. 

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The Mountain West News Bureau is reporting on a sobering fact: our region has the highest rate of fatal encounters with police in the U.S. Today, Idaho Matters shared two of the stories filed in this new five-part series on this issue, called "Elevated Risk." 

The Idaho State Board of Education is hosting a digital mental health summit tomorrow, December 8th. Audrey Regan has more on how educators around the state are working to take care of their students’ wellbeing.

Gabrielle Davis

My name is Gabrielle Davis. I am the owner and counselor for Equitable Counseling and Consulting based in Boise.

When I came here, I was looking for a way to serve my community. So I started to volunteer at ALPHA Idaho, which is a clinic, then I also volunteer at Youth Alliance for Diversity, which is a local LGBT youth social support group here in Boise.

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The pandemic has impacted us all in different ways. But a nearly universal impact has come to our mental health. For students and educators, the importance of tending to mental health needs in order to be able to learn and teach is critical. 

Earlier this week, Boise State University hosted a national summit on mental health, meant to help campus communities identify areas of need and direct people to resources for help. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Idaho State Board of Education will host its own digital mental health summit.

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With record breaking numbers of new COVID-19 cases and fatalities, Idaho is in the worst phase of the pandemic so far. The coronavirus is having an effect on all aspects of life. Even if you or your loved ones never get sick with COVID, there's no way to avoid the economic, political and public health effects in Idaho. 

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Over the last eight months, we’ve talked often about the mental health issues that folks are experiencing during the pandemic. Many people are accessing mental health care for the first time during COVID-19, using video chat and telehealth options that weren’t as widely available before. 

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This interview originally aired Aug. 13, 2020.

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A new study underscores disproportionately high firearm suicide rates in rural areas, including across Idaho.

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The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll, not just on people’s physical health, but also their mental health.

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll, not just on people’s physical health, but also their mental health.

For some people, long-term planning or routine tasks that were easier last year are now roadblocks that are hard to get around. Others are suddenly overly focused on cleaning or washing their hands.

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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.

Children have fewer serious physical symptoms from COVID-19 than adults. But experts say the virus could be taking a toll on their mental health. Tess Goodwin has more on how parents may be able to help combat kids’ anxiety.