More than one quarter of young adults in the U.S. contemplated committing suicide during June, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighting the toll the coronavirus pandemic has had on mental health.
The survey, conducted between June 24-30, asked 5,412 adults if they have "seriously considered suicide in the 30 days before completing the survey," according to the report. Of those between the ages of 18-24, 25.5% responded positively. Of adults overall, only 10.7% said they had suicidal ideations during that time.
The CDC found that young adults were impacted more heavily in other mental health areas, as well, including "symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder, COVID-19-related [trauma- and stressor-related disorder] TSRD, initiation of or increase in substance use to cope with COVID-19-associated stress." The impact decreased progressively with age.
"Elevated levels of adverse mental health conditions, substance use, and suicidal ideation were reported by adults in the United States in June 2020," the report said. "The prevalence of symptoms of anxiety disorder was approximately three times those reported in the second quarter of 2019 (25.5% versus 8.1%), and prevalence of depressive disorder was approximately four times that reported in the second quarter of 2019 (24.3% versus 6.5%)."
A little more than 40% all adults reported having at least one mental or behavior health condition during June. Among those ages 18-24, that number jumped to 74.9%.
"Markedly elevated prevalences of reported adverse mental and behavioral health conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the broad impact of the pandemic and the need to prevent and treat these conditions," the CDC said.