New Study Examines Depression: Full Effect of COVID-19 Still Unknown

Long Island Health Collaborative (LIHC) has released the fifth in a series of thematic reports that examine health topics and their impact on Long Islanders.

The attached report details local, state, and national data related to depression and draws comparisons. This is a topic that LIHC participants indicated via a 2018 survey was important to them. An interesting finding is that the incidence of depression among adult Long Islanders is slightly lower than what is experienced by their state counterparts. However, the incidence of depression among our youth, especially teens, is on the rise.  This finding correlates to what mental health treatment specialists have seen anecdotally and in the peer-reviewed literature and research studies for this cohort.

Please keep in mind that this analysis was conducted prior to the onset of COVID-19. Without question, depression, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness have increased among all age groups during this crisis. We note this limitation at the beginning of the report.”