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Health officials: “quarantine had increasingly negative impacts on mental health”

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Wis., (WAOW)-- Studies are finding the height of the pandemic and stay at home orders had increasingly negative impacts on mental health.

UW Health issued a report this week saying the pandemic not only made mental health issues worse, but also made the issue a more talked about topic.

Health experts say that quarantines, though they kept people safe from COVID-19, were harmful to people's mental health.

"We have seen that the longer people are in quarantine the longer the detrimental affects are," said Beth Longerman the UW Health Services Director of Behavioral Health.

She said they have also seen a rise in people asking for help as stigmas change around behavioral health and encourages anyone struggling to reach out.

Brittany Slaughter

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