SXSW 2021

The Looming Mental Health Crisis Tsunami


We were caught unprepared to combat the COVID-19 pandemic because we didn’t believe it could happen in the modern era, because medical science had found the cures, and the government would protect us. Moreoever, our stress and anxiety go beyond the physical threat of the virus. We feel powerlessness and uncertain how long this will last and what is to come. As much as we would like to be wrong, we fear that there is much more to come from the COVID-19 pandemic and that after the contagion is contained the long aftermath of this scourge will be reflected in the psyches of the American population.

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  1. We need to be prepared for the coming Tsunami of mental health disturbances for the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Suicide, addiction, depression, and anxiety are all on the rise and won’t just disappear once there is a cure for COVID-19.
  3. COVID-19, social unrest, political turmoil triggers emotional responses that are roiling Americans and producing a sense of loss and grief.



Jennifer Seelig, Account Lead, Jacobson Strategic Communications

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  • Tags: Health & MedTech
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Podcast
  • Track: Connection in Disconnection
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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