In a rare interview, President Joe Biden has said Americans are "really, really down" as they grapple with soaring inflation after two years of a pandemic.
He told the Associated Press the "need for mental health in America has skyrocketed".
Mr Biden said he wanted Americans to "be confident. Because I am confident."
The president's popularity has plunged as November elections loom that will decide which party controls Congress.
"People are really, really down," Mr Biden told the news agency in a half-hour interview from the Oval Office on Thursday.
"They're really down. Their need for mental health in America has skyrocketed because people have seen everything upset.