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Clinicians fear prolonged isolation and anxiety amidst the pandemic could elevate youth suicide risk.

One issue that has affected Americans across the country is the loss of social connectedness. Even before the pandemic shuttered schools, restaurants and workplaces last spring, an estimated 3 in 5 Americans reported a growing sense of loneliness, according to Cigna’s 2020 Loneliness Index. Read more»

Health officials in Arizona, like other states across the country, said they have seen increases in suicides and overdose deaths in recent months. That has left them asking if those deaths might be linked “to the isolation and loneliness” from COVID-19 restrictions.

As social distancing and isolation continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many states across the country are reporting an increase in reported drug overdoses and suicides, including Arizona. Read more»

Loneliness has been found to increase the risk of developing dementia by as much as 20%. In fact, loneliness has an influence similar to other more well-established dementia risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, physical inactivity and hearing loss. Read more»