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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 18 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting families across the country and will likely have a long-lasting impact on public health and well-being. Fear and Anxiety about the disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children.  Please ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress.  Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.  We know this is a very stressful time and want to make sure you’re aware of the wellness resources available to you and to your family.

RESOURCES

  • CDC
  • SAMSA: Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline

1-800-985-5990

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service, is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

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