Collateral Damage: The Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic Reviews

Collateral Damage: The Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic: ISBN 978-1-6782-0076-3 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0077-0
Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2021

A general overview of mental health issues stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mooney handles a broad topic in six brief chapters, each centering one aspect of the many social-emotional challenges related to the ongoing health crisis. Together, they contextualize the overall impact of increased isolation associated with the loss of normal routines, from depression to stress and anxiety. The text discusses problems like the economic strain on families, challenges for those in caregiver roles, dealing with death and grief, substance use, finding resources for support, issues facing essential workers, and other topics. Many teen readers will recognize their struggles with changes in schooling and dealing with family concerns, but insights for marginalized communities are somewhat limited. The photographs reflect some ethnic diversity, and specific stressors facing families of ! color are mostly acknowledged in financial terms. The disproportionate impact of anti-Chinese hate speech on Asian Americans is not mentioned; neither is the rise in domestic violence. Each chapter includes stories that offer varied individual perspectives that may resonate with many readers. The thematic chapters include some overlapping concepts and can stand alone. This carefully researched and informative title covers key concepts with an approach grounded in the importance of recognizing unhealthy behaviors and identifying coping strategies, thus meeting a need for digestible information on a much-needed contemporary topic.
A useful guide to counter feelings of helplessness. (source notes, resources, further research, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Collateral Damage: The Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic: ISBN 978-1-6782-0076-3 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0077-0
Booklist, August 1, 2021

This well-documented book explores the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health so far. It has caused individuals to become isolated and lonely, which can result in increased anxiety and other issues. The book discusses the financial worries associated with job loss and food insecurity, and according to the Brookings Institution, this financial hardship has disproportionately affected Black and Hispanic households, compared to white households. Substance abuse is also addressed, with participants in a September 2020 Rand Corporation study reporting they were drinking more during the pandemic and experiencing more harmful effects like “taking unnecessary risks or hurting their family due to their drinking.” The pandemic's effect on young people‚Äôs mental health is examined, as are mental health threats to essential workers and the grief experienced by those who lost loved ones. Each chapter includes individuals' stories, supporting statistics, and helpful coping strategies. Color photos, source notes, and lists of helpful organizations and resources (all books written for teens) supplement the text. A useful and timely overview of mental-health issues associated with COVID-19.