Mental Health During CO-VID 19

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With the current uncertainty about the future and restrictions on regular habits, more people are experiencing mental health issues. Stress, anxiety, and depression may be more common as people are cut off from their coping methods. It is easy to get caught up in the spiral of worrying about the negative aspects of the current
situation. Cognitive reframing, or thinking about things from a different perspective, can alleviate some stress. While the following information from Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension doesn’t substitute for competent mental health treatment, it can help to consider some of the positive things, or “silver linings,” that may come out of our adjustment to the recent
pandemic.

Mental Health professionals over the last couple of weeks are hearing concerns about the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on caregivers’ emotional health and their children’s mental well-being. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect your family’s mental health during this very difficult time. This tipsheet can provide you resources to help.

Millions of older adults across the U.S. struggle with loneliness, isolation, and lack of regular companionship. Chronic loneliness negatively affects both physical and mental health outcomes and can even be lethal. Researchers have found social isolation and loneliness are twice as likely as obesity to be harmful to both physical and mental health, and lack of social connection may heighten health risks as much as having an alcohol use disorder or smoking 15 cigarettes per day. For socially  isolated older adults, this risky pathway can become lethal. Check out this resource for additional support.