This brief explores mental health and substance use in light of the spread of coronavirus. Specifically, we discuss the implications of social distancing practices and the current financial crisis on mental health, as well as challenges to accessing mental health or substance use services. We draw on data on mental health prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and, where possible, include recent KFF polling data on the mental health effects of the pandemic.
Addiction is complex and involves every aspect of a person’s life—and deeply impacts the lives of their family and friends. It is both a medical