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CMSI Poll Reports Uptick in Positive Mental Health Coping Strategies

Posted on Apr 28, 2020 07:10 pm

In the fifth week of the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative Pain Points Poll, over 4,600 respondents throughout the country reported changes in mental coping and concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.

A positive highlight from this week’s survey is an increase in respondents reporting successful coping strategies for mental health during the pandemic. Of active-duty families, 76 percent say talking to friends/family by phone or video chat helps to manage stress; followed by 68 percent saying spending time outside is helping to contribute to positive mental health.

With regards of the stop-movement order, there has been a spike in concern by service member families that will need to pay for two mortgages as a result of the travel disruption. “We hope to see that number resolving as people become aware of the resources out there for them,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families.

Additionally, the poll reported approximately one-fifth of military and mission-essential personnel who need childcare do not currently have this resource. “The childcare crunch is still real and still needs more resources,” said Douquet.

Additional information and resources are available on the CMSI website, as well as the Military OneSource.

Photo by Army Sgt. Demetrio Montoya

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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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