Coping with pandemic: How to draw your mental health road map in the Bay Area

Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the countless stresses are taking a toll on the mental health of many in the Bay Area.

Those who were already struggling are likely dealing with even more distress. According to a CDC survey this summer, more than 40% of Americans are experiencing issues related to depression, anxiety and substance abuse because of the pandemic. In the 18-24 age bracket, 1 in 4 report serious suicidal thoughts, the CDC reported.

Twenty-five percent of young adults rated their mental health as fair or poor, according to the latest COVID Response Tracking Study by NORC at the University of Chicago. Psychologists say disordered eating has gone up too, especially among teenagers.

And in the past month, the hazards of California’s wildfires and horrible air quality have only compounded the physical and emotional challenges.

It can all seem overwhelming, but help and support are within reach. There’s

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