Mr Cuomo said more than 6,000 mental health professionals had signed up to work for free during the coronavirus crisis.
Researchers have already warned that the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a mental health crisis as it swept through China and governments elsewhere must prepare to address similar problems at it strikes them.
Fear caused by the new germ’s deadliness, a strict quarantine, mistrust of officials who mishandled the outbreak and a wave of social media misinformation all took their toll on mental health.
During the outbreak, “generalized fear and fear-induced overreactive behaviour were common among the public”, while depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder all emerged .
The result was “a heightened public mental health crisis”, according to a paper in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, published by the US government’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The research was published as a new survey showed two-thirds of Britons were struggling to stay positive about the future in the face of the epidemic.
“As the virus spreads globally, governments must address public mental health needs by developing and implementing well-coordinated strategic plans to meet these needs during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the authors.