Rhitu Chatterjee

Rhitu Chatterjee appears in the following:

Americans' stress is spiking over inflation, war in Ukraine, survey finds

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The annual survey finds Americans more on edge than ever, triggered by financial issues, the war overseas and the cumulative pressure of living through the pandemic.


Here's what experts say Biden gets right in his new mental health plan

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Mental health advocates applaud the proposals, which they say offer much-needed federal leadership on a growing national crisis. But they worry about getting sustainable funding for the efforts.


Advocates are applauding Biden's plan to prioritize mental health crisis

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Health care providers and advocates say Biden's mental health plan is the first time in decades that the federal government is showing leadership in addressing the nation's mental health crisis.


In 'Healing' a doctor calls for an overhaul of the mental health care system

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

People in mental health crisis need more than emergency response, argues a leader in the field. They need a continuum of long-term care to put them on the path to recovery.


Maternal deaths in the U.S. rose in the first year of the pandemic, CDC report says

Thursday, February 24, 2022

The U.S. maternal mortality rates jumped in 2020 with the biggest increases seen in Black and Hispanic women. The death rate for Black women was almost three times higher than for white women.


The pandemic pummeled long-term care – it may not recover quickly, experts warn

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of nursing home workers have quit since the pandemic began, and the ones still working suffer from burnout. Industry leaders worry the system is fracturing.


State by state, here's how well schools are doing at supporting kids' mental health

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Two years of disrupted schooling and limited social contact have been tough on kids. A new report calls out states that do a good job supporting kids' mental health at school — and those that don't.


Consensus grows that the pandemic has taken a big emotional toll on young people

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

A poll finds that nearly 90% of Americans are concerned about the mental health of youth. Another report ranks states by the how they are fairing in terms of access to school based mental health care.


There's a critical shortage of nursing home staff

Sunday, February 06, 2022

With the omicron variant causing a surge of COVID-19 infections in assisted living facilities, more staff are having to stay at home, making the jobs of those still working a lot harder.


The nursing home staffing crisis right now is like nothing we've seen before

Thursday, January 20, 2022

COVID cases and deaths are rising again in nursing homes across the country due to the highly contagious omicron variant. Staffing shortages are adding to strain and workers report "moral distress."


What nursing homes have been like with the spread of omicron

Thursday, January 13, 2022

COVID-19 infections are sky-rocketing in nursing homes. Deaths among residents are only a fraction what they were in 2020. But staffing shortages have worsened and are affecting the care of residents.


How the current COVID surge is hurting learning and kids' mental health

Monday, January 10, 2022

Thousands of schools around the country have once again shifted to remote learning as COVID cases rise. It's taking a huge toll on children.


Kids are back in school — and struggling with mental health issues

Friday, January 07, 2022

This school year was supposed to bring a return to normalcy. But the stress of transitioning back to in-person learning and the ever-changing pandemic has caused a surge in mental health needs.


This pandemic winter looks a lot like last year's, but vaccines are saving lives

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Daily totals of new coronavirus infections are higher than this past summer's wave, with infection numbers increasing quickly in the Northeast.


There's a surge of mental health issues for kids back for in-school learning

Thursday, December 23, 2021

A few months after kids returned to classrooms for in-person learning, educators and health care providers are overwhelmed with the number of kids struggling with behavioral and mental health issues.


COVID sent last year's U.S. death rate soaring, especially among people of color

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Americans' life expectancy declined by nearly two years in 2020 compared to the year before, primarily because of COVID-19. The drop in life expectancy was bigger for men, and for Blacks and Latinos.


The Biden administration is launching a new phone number for mental health crises

Monday, December 20, 2021

The Biden administration is putting a quarter of a billion dollars into a new national suicide prevention line. But some say that's not enough to build the infrastructure that's needed.


New COVID-19 variant, Omicron, sparking concern with its speed and reinfection rate

Saturday, November 27, 2021

The World Health Organization has designated a new coronavirus variant a "variant of concern" due to its large number of mutations. The strain has been named Omicron.


Hit hard by COVID, Native Americans come together to protect families and elders

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Indigenous Americans suffer disproportionate effects of COVID, including the mental health impact. But a collective mindset has helped them find creative solutions to buffering the stress.


Why people with mental illness are at higher risk of COVID

Monday, November 22, 2021

Federal health officials have been urging adults with psychiatric conditions to get a booster shot to increase their COVID protection. It turns out being mentally ill puts you at higher risk.