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Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY
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Mental health struggles are rising. President Donald Trump's battle against mail-in voting rages on. And is Herman Cain tweeting from beyond the grave?

It's Ashley with the news, and a gentle reminder to take care of each other.

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Coronavirus is taking a toll on our mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a big impact on the mental health of Americans amid economic uncertainty, increasing isolation and the fear of health risks. A new survey from the CDC found elevated levels of anxiety and depressive disorders, substance use and suicidal ideation among U.S. adults. More than 40% of respondents in the survey reported an adverse mental health condition and 11% reported having seriously considered suicide. The data also shined a light on who we need to worry about most: Populations at increased risk include young people, racial and ethnic minorities, essential workers and caregivers of adults. This is as good a time as ever to reach out to family and loved ones to let them know you care. We’re in this together.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online.

Other important COVID-19 developments:

Trump opposes funds for Postal Service that would help mail voting

The fierce debate over mail-in voting rages on. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money that Democrats say it needs to process an expected surge in mail-in ballots during the pandemic. "They want $3.5 billion for something that will turn out to be fraudulent. That’s election money, basically," Trump said. Democrats said the interview makes it clear that Trump opposes funding the Postal Service because he wished to hinder Americans' ability to vote this year.

Meanwhile, a deal on badly needed coronavirus stimulus money appears out of reach as Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blame one another for the impasse.

What everyone’s talking about

The Twitter ghost of Herman Cain?

Herman Cain, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate who died after contracting COVID-19, is continuing to bash Democrats on social media two weeks after his death. Wait, what?! "How well prepared is Kamala Harris for the presidency? We take a look. We're not impressed and you won't be either," read a Facebook post on his account Wednesday. The flurry of brow-raising posts on his social accounts is the work of Cain's daughter Dr. Melanie Cain Gallo, who explained on her father's website that his voice is "needed now more than ever." Many Twitter users were confused by the use of Cain's accounts while others found it to be in bad taste.

Herman Cain, CEO, The New Voice, speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington on June 20, 2014.  Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died after a battle with COVID-19.
Herman Cain, CEO, The New Voice, speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington on June 20, 2014. Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died after a battle with COVID-19.

The 10th named storm of a record-setting season has arrived

It's here — but at a safe distance. Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday. The storm — the 10th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season — has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, forecasters from the National Hurricane Center said. Its projected path could take Josephine relatively close to the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean this weekend, but the storm is not forecast to strengthen into a hurricane and may actually dissipate within the next five days. Even though Josephine may not amount to much, forecasters are warning that the Atlantic hurricane season is expected to go into hyperdrive in the next few weeks.

The projected forecast path of Tropical Storm Josephine.
The projected forecast path of Tropical Storm Josephine.

Real quick

One injured after bullet rips into US Air Force helicopter over Virginia

A U.S. Air Force helicopter on a routine training mission was shot at in Virginia on Monday, causing an injury to one of the craft's crew members. The Air Force UH-1N Huey helicopter was about 1,000 feet above ground and heading for the Manassas Regional Airport when it was struck by a bullet, an Air Force official said. FBI agents were dispatched to the airport after the bureau received reports that the helicopter was shot, the FBI said in a statement to USA TODAY.

This undated photo shows a UH-1N Huey helicopter preparing to land at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
This undated photo shows a UH-1N Huey helicopter preparing to land at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: COVID-19 mental health, Postal Service, Trump, Herman Cain: Thursday's news