Daily life has been upended for the vast majority of the world. Health care and essential workers face risk, trauma and burnout. People are trying to cope with suffering and death from the disease. Communities already experiencing hardship – especially racial and ethnic minority and economically disadvantaged communities – are seeing greater disparity and stress.
Now more than ever, decision makers, families and organizations need evidence-based information to understand how to build resilience and maintain mental health amid stress and uncertainty.
This is why the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is launching new studies to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affects mental health and whether certain skills can help reduce stress and improve emotional well-being in a wide range of people.