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To recognize Mental Health Month in May, ECU Health offered a virtual education series on a variety of mental health topics.

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These topics included psychiatric disorders, stress management, resiliency and substance use. This series came at a crucial time, as COVID-19 kept many people indoors and away from their typical routines. That isolation and facing many unknowns in our world brought out mental health challenges.

Data trends show a steady increase in adults suffering from anxiety, stress, and depression over the past year.

Glenn Simpson, system service line administrator for Behavioral Health at Vidant, joined WITN to discuss the series.

“Some studies are indicating that four out of 10 of us in the last year have experienced depression or anxiety in a clinical range,” Simpson said. “If you went back two years, that would have been one out of 10, so we are very concerned about people’s mental health. Often times we will take care of our physical health before our mental health. We’re hoping by this series to help folks reach out for the help they need.”

Simpson said the series was exciting and brought forward experts in the field to talk to the general public about mental health and well-being.

Video recordings from the series can be found in the Behavioral Health section of

Anxiety in adults exasperated over the pandemic

A new study from GlobalWebIndex has shown that many adults are worried about the lasting effects the pandemic will have on mental health.

According to the study, 28% of Millennials, and 29% of Gen X adults believe the pandemic will have long-term impacts on their mental health. Additionally, the study found that anxiety, stress and insomnia had all risen across all age groups in the study.

Dr. Nathan Harper, medical director for inpatient psychiatry at ECU Health Medical Center and ECU, said he there has been an increase in patients for mental health needs and services, not only in adults but for children as well. Dr. Harper said he believes isolation from quarantine made some of these issues more prevalent.

Dr. Harper discussed the study and his experience during a recent interview with WNCT.

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