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Mental health and COVID: Cleveland Clinic, Parade study shows pandemic impact

The study involved 2,000 people.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published in an unrelated article regarding mental health on Aug. 18, 2021.

We’re learning more about the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health as the Cleveland Clinic and Parade.com released results of a new study Friday.

The study, which Parade says included 2,000 people, showed 52 percent “saw a mental health boost after receiving the vaccine.”

Read full results of the study HERE.

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“I believe the vaccine provided a sense of security and relief,” Dawn Potter, PsyD at the Cleveland Clinic told Parade. “Not only does it reduce the chance of infection and severe illness, but it helps protect others. Fear of infecting others can be a huge stressor for some. It also allowed a lot of people to feel safer engaging in more social activity which we know benefits mental health.”

The study also revealed that 75 percent of those polled said “they feel better equipped to handle challenges.” Additionally, 32 percent reported they were able to learn positive coping behaviors when it came to handling stress and anxiety.

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