A growing mental health crisis is the “second wave” of health issues experts anticipate due to the prolonged stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking poll from July, 53 percent of U.S. adults reported that their mental health had been negatively affected by worry and stress over the pandemic – up from 32 percent reported in March.
Organizations and communities are looking for practical tools to support mental health amidst this growing crisis, alongside ongoing social and racial unrest. In a recently published paper in the journal The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison introduce a new framework for emotional well-being that focuses on specific skills that can be learned.
The framework is based on scientific evidence that suggests well-being can be cultivated through practice in daily life.