Substance Use and Mental Health recovery organizations in Bexar County want your feedback!
For immediate Release:
November 1, 2020
Local San Antonio Behavioral Health Organizations
Preparing to Launch The “Bexar County Behavioral Health Awareness Survey”
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. In a recent KFF poll, nearly half 45% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the virus. As the pandemic wears on, it is likely the mental health burden will increase as measures taken to slow the spread of the virus, such as social distancing, business and school closures, and shelter-in-place orders, lead to greater isolation and potential financial distress. Though necessary to prevent loss of life due to COVID-19, these public health measures expose many people to experiencing situations that are linked to poor mental health outcomes, such as isolation and job loss. Additionally, feelings of anxiety are increasingly common, as people are fearful for themselves or loved ones falling ill and are uncertain of the repercussions of the pandemic. Key takeaways from the Kaiser Family Foundation polling data suggest:
- A broad body of research links social isolation and loneliness to poor mental health; and recent data shows that significantly higher shares of people who were sheltering in place 47% reported negative mental health effects resulting from worry or stress related to coronavirus than among those not sheltering in place 37%. Negative mental health effects due to social isolation may be particularly pronounced among older adults and households with adolescents, as these groups are already at risk for depression or suicidal ideation.
- Research shows that job loss is associated with increased depression, anxiety, distress, and low self-esteem and may lead to higher rates of substance use disorder and suicide. Recent polling data shows that more than half of the people who lost income or employment reported negative mental health impacts from worry or stress over coronavirus; and lower income people report higher rates of major negative mental health impacts compared to higher income people.
Recognizing the urgency of the behavioral health implications of COVID-19 nationally and that the State of Texas is a COVID hotspot, a number of behavioral health organizations in Bexar County have collaborated to create the “Bexar County Behavioral Health Awareness Survey”. This survey was developed in broad-based collaboration with Recovery People, an Austin-based non-profit, and the San Antonio Club House, Prosumers International, Rise Recovery, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Rep. Ina Minjarez. The survey was designed to measure and evaluate three critical areas:
- How Bexar County residents are accessing the traditional and non-traditional behavioral health services
- The accessibility of traditional and non-traditional behavioral health services for Bexar County residents
- The barrier, if any, to receiving traditional and non-traditional behavioral health services
The group’s objective is that the survey becomes an important tool that organizations, agencies and municipalities within Bexar County can use to ascertain the community’s knowledge and awareness of available traditional and non-traditional behavioral health support services. In achieving this stated objective lives may be saved.
Please take the Survey!
Takes less than 10 minutes to complete
Must be 18+ and reside in Bexar County to participate
Helps identify gaps/needs/success in our mental health and substance use community
Learn about community mental health and substance use resources in your community