Dr. Kashef Ijaz, the vice president for Health Programs at The Carter Center, says the even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. already was experiencing a mental health crisis.
On Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Dr. Ijaz told show host Rose Scott that fear, grief, isolation brought on by the pandemic have led to depression, anxiety, suicidal idealization but now as more people are speaking out about mental health, it’s time to seize the moment and ensure health care access for everyone.
“We all have mental health and should actually be taking care of it and should be expecting budgetary and legislative action,” said Ijaz.
During the conversation, he further discussed the importance of prioritizing mental health amid the pandemic, reducing the social stigma associated with mental health the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program.
To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.