April 13, 2020 | Becky Crapo
Grand Peaks Behavioral Health Director, Larry Bradley, LCSW, has some advice about COVID-19 and your mental health.
Although many of us have seen global pandemic events occur in the past like with Ebola, the current COVID-19 outbreak has undoubtedly altered our activities of daily living to a degree many of us have never seen in our lifetimes. For some of us, the fear and anxiety being generated by the news of the spread of this disease may be overwhelming and can cause strong emotions, even for some that did not seem vulnerable to high stress loads in the past. Coping adequately with this additional stress will help to make us, all the people we care about, and our community, healthier.
As a result of our biology and backgrounds, we all handle stress differently. Having pre-existing mental health conditions can make handling new intense stress more challenging. During this time, many of us have become overly saturated with news regarding this pandemic. To help address any increase in stress you may be feeling, here are some simple interventions to help you cope during the pandemic:
Learn to cope with your stress effectively-
I’ve included two hyperlinks that I think contain credible and useful information for coping with mental health strain during pandemics. One was released in direct response to the Ebola outbreak, but has relevance to what we’re currently facing.
If you or someone you know needs mental health services, please call our clinic at (208) 356-4900. We are NOW OFFERING TELEHEALTH to help you access Mental Health Providers, as well. If you are in immediate need, call 211 or (800) 273-8255 or visit https://www.idahosuicideprevention.org/.