A mental-health poll, conducted annually by Gallup, revealed that Americans who regularly attend church had the best mental health this year.
According to The Blaze, the poll discovered that overall, only 34% of Americans stated that their mental health was excellent. According to Gallup, this is the lowest percentage in 21 years, and matched the percentage in last year’s poll.
But when broken down by subgroups, the poll found that regular churchgoers had the best mental health, with 44% rating their mental health as excellent.
The subgroup with the lowest percentage stating their mental health was excellent were Democrats at 28%.
Mental health struggles of America’s youth because of lockdowns
Meanwhile, US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, publicly issued a warning on Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021, about the declining mental health of youth due to the lockdowns and pandemic.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Murthy’s advisory writing:
“Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic, with 25 percent f youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20 percent experiencing anxiety symptoms, according to Murthy’s 53-page advisory. There also appear to be increases in negative emotions or behaviors such as impulsivity and irritability — associated with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.”
“And, in early 2021, emergency department visits in the United States for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls and 4% higher for adolescent boys compared to the same time period in early 2019, according to research cited in the advisory.
“Even before the pandemic, children from all backgrounds faced serious mental health challenges, Murthy said. But nearly two years of disruption took a toll and worsened their mental health — especially for such groups as immigrants, students with disabilities and students of color from low-income families.”
In the midst of the lockdowns, several school boards were forced to reopen schools because of the alarming rates of mental health issues with students. READ: Report: ‘Surge Of Student Suicides’ Forced Las Vegas School District To Return To In-Person Learning AND Record-high number of suicidal children forces San Francisco to sue its own school district to reopen AND Report: ‘Surge Of Student Suicides’ Forced Las Vegas School District To Return To In-Person Learning