(The Christian Post) Mental health struggles exacerbated by the isolation brought on by lockdowns in response to COVID-19 led to a massive spike in the number of people seeking help for eating disorders, according to Christie Bettwy, executive director of Rock Recovery.
“Isolation is a huge piece of what allows mental health conditions to really thrive,” Bettwy said in an interview with The Christian Post. “Breaking isolation is a huge part of recovery, so that’s one thing we’ve seen is a lot more people reaching out for help because of the isolation and the tough environments.”
Rock Recovery, a Christian nonprofit based in Arlington, Virginia, provides recovery programs and bridges gaps for those struggling with eating disorders. Bettwy said they saw a 400% increase in people reaching out for help when COVID-19 first began.