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CORONAVIRUS AND MENTAL HEALTH

March 19, 2020

The World Health Organization has pointed out that crises like Coronavirus can have negative effects on mental health.  Although the effects of the coronavirus on mental health have not been systematically studied, it is anticipated that COVID-19 will have rippling effects, especially based on current public reactions as well as past history of other upheavals.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has issued a toolkit to provide information to those who because of the threat of Coronavirus are suffering extreme anxiety and depression. It covers insurance, loneliness, access to pharmaceutical products, and addressing the additional pressure now on those who are already struggling with mental health challenges.

It isn’t the same as face-to-face therapy or counseling, but there are few options.  To access the NAMI press release, visit https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

Remember that local and national crisis hotlines are still operating.  If there is a threat of suicide, don’t hesitate to call 800-273-8255 (TALK).  For any other serious crisis, call 911.

The 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline can help you access:

  • Food
  • Shelters and emergency housing for the homeless
  • Access to transitional housing
  • Medical care
  • Utility assistance
  • Tax help
  • Job training
  • Eviction prevention services
  • Family services and counseling
  • Day care
  • Prescription assistance
  • Suicide prevention and crisis center services

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