Inside the Terrifying World of Psychiatric Emergency Rooms During COVID-19

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From The Mighty:

“As mental health symptoms worsen due to pandemic-related fears, Megan said she feels trapped in a ‘COVID echo chamber where there is no escape.’

She’s not alone. Across the country, another crisis brews, largely unseen, in inpatient psychiatric units.

‘I feel like next to no one is talking about mental health in the context of COVID,’ said Megan*, who wished to remain anonymous. ‘I think it completely went out the window. And I personally believe unless something radically changes, we will feel its effects for years to come.’

From unprotected mental health workers to a lack of basic hygiene for psychiatric patients and threats of retaliation for speaking up, we need to take a hard look at emergency mental health care now.”

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