New programs in cities like New York, Chicago, and London aim to combat the rising loneliness, anxiety and unhappiness that COVID-19 has caused. Pandemic-related emotional problems have been linked to everything FROM higher crime to a rising teen suicide rate. While it's not clear how much a municipal mental health program can move the needle, a growing number of mayors -- flush with pandemic relief funds -- are willing to try. Armed with what they see from their front-row seats mayors are making investments and working with local nonprofits, businesses and community `groups` to create new initiatives that will help residents access mental health services and reduce the stigma, said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the US Conference of Mayors.

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