Study: COVID-19 Has Significantly Affected Mental Health of Military Families

A study has found that COVID-19 has significantly affected the mental health of military families, WNYT reported.

The study, “Resilience Under Stress Study,” found almost 25% of active duty families believe the COVID-19 pandemic has had “major” or “severe” impacts on their overall happiness. 21% said it has impacted personal mental health. 22% of women and 17% of men said the pandemic has had major mental health effects.

“I think there needs to be more resources made available outside military installations and service providers, it probably will add to the level of comfort and confidentiality,” said Rosalinda Vasquez Maury, director of applied research and analytics at the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

The report also found that 23% of Black respondents – compared to 10% of White respondents – said COVID-19 had a major impact on finances. This disparity along racial lines exists for impacts on employment as well, with 32% of Black respondents and 22% of White respondents reporting severe impacts.