Some fear the stress of social isolation, historic unemployment and health fears during the pandemic threatens our mental health. Dozens of national organizations raised concerns to Congress that the U.S. is unprepared to handle what may be a mental health crisis.

Grace Zoldak, a high school student in Mt. Vernon, wrote in to WOSU's Letters From Home series about her experiences during the pandemic.
Grace Zoldak

WOSU's project Letters From Home shares stories from isolation—how Ohioans are getting through the pandemic, alone and together. In addition to adding new challenges to our lives, the coronavirus has also complicated old ones. 

The Ohio State University

According to an Associated Press review, The Ohio State University saw a 69% increase in students seeking mental health treatment in the last five years.

Young People And Stress

Nov 25, 2019

Suicide was the leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 10 and 14 between from 2007 to 2018, according to the Ohio Department of Health.  

A singular cause is difficult to suss out, but most agree that stress and anxiety are contributing factors.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the stress and anxiety of youth and how to intervene and make a difference.  



Postpartum Depression In 2019

Jun 4, 2019
Johnny Silvercloud

Nearly one in 10 new mothers in the U.S. suffers from postpartum depression. 

Many keep those feelings of depression and sadness to themselves. But for some, the symptoms are so acute that they interfere with the mother’s  ability to care for her child, let alone herself.

Today on All Sides, understanding and treating postpartum depression.

Updated at 3:45 p.m.

A study published Thursday in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds the percentage of U.S. teens and young adults reporting mental distress, depression and suicidal thoughts and actions has risen significantly over the past decade. While these problems also increased among adults 26 and older, the increase was not nearly as large as among younger people.

iPhone with social media apps
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Social media site Tumblr announced that it will employ artificial intelligence to track down and remove pornographic posts that violate a new policy on adult content.

The announcement triggered a wave of criticism from users and questions about the automated software that will flag potential violations.

The problem: the AI software apparently is flagging photos and posts that don’t violate the new policy.

Coming up on Tech Tuesday, Tumblr’s porn ban, mental health and social media use, and more.


 Jimmie Beall (left) and Mindy Ross were the first Franklin County same-sex couple to receive a marriage license
Mandie Trimble / WOSU News

The number of married or cohabiting same-gender couples in the United States increased by 45 percent between 2008 and 2014.

But little is known about why their health tends to lag behind that of other Americans. The stress of discrimination toward societal minorities is the suspected culprit.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, we hear about a first-of-its-kind study by Ohio State and Bowling Green State University to help explain the disparities.


The second enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration is underway.

Premium prices will vary greatly this year from state to state, as buyers navigate their options in choosing coverage levels.


Today on All Sides, health care enrollment, workplace mindfulness and more on Wellness Wednesday.


Americans diagnosed with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years before the average American. This is a larger discrepancy than factors such as race, ethnicity, geographic status or socioeconomic status. Rather than passing away from complications from mental illness, patients die from treatable illnesses such as diabetes and cardiac issues.

Join us today as we discuss why these patients die sooner as well as bone marrow transplants and recent fitness research.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255. You can also visit 

Forty-three of the largest public universities in the U.S. do not track student suicides, according to recent findings from The Associated Press, despite efforts to improve mental health on campus.

It's tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, research has long shown.

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Today at 11am

After years being one of the most obese states, Ohio is finally on the decline.  On a national scale, Suicide rates have risen drastically in the past decade or so.  Depression may be going unnoticed in most adult sufferers. Also, the FDA has released new regulations banning 19 chemicals from future use, specifically those found in antibacterial soap.  The cosmetic industry could enter a battle with the FDA concerning future regulations. 


There is new evidence suggesting that breakfast may not be "the most important meal of the day," as was previously held to be conventional wisdom. And, The Biggest Loser has been under scrutiny since it was discovered some contestants had trouble keeping off the weight they lost on the show. This hour, two former contestants share how they have been able to keep the weight off. Also, depression is commonly treated with antidepressants, but there may be other natural, alternative solutions to help. 

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This hour, we will talk about adults living with unrecognized ADHD and discuss why it goes undetected, what the trends have been and how diagnoses are being made. Also, the controversy over new mammogram screenings and why the guidelines have changed. And why, for the first time, the U.S Preventative Services Task Force is recommending that women get screened for depression during and after pregnancy.