Summary of: Behind the veil Mental Health Awareness Month aims to end stigma published on Dickinson Press, May 8, 2020.
May is “Mental Health Awareness Month,” and therapists are looking to bring attention to mental health issues that have increased due to the Coronavirus
Coronavirus has increased concern in mental health professionals. According to Brenda Erie, a licensed clinical social worker at Family Therapy in Dickinson, “there’s a lot more mental health issues out there than what is being reported.”
Mental Health First Aid reported that 5 percent of adults (aged 18 years or older) experienced a mental illness in 2019, and nearly 50% of adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetimes. These rates have increased in 2020, especially since the pandemic hit.
Coronavirus reports from the media and quarantine isolation is making things more difficult from those who suffer from mental health issues. These times create a lot of uncertainty and we are all trying to adjust to a new normal.
Erie says these feelings are okay and that there are different methods for coping. Some healthy mechanisms include reaching out to family members and friends, posting on social media, taking deep breaths to relax and calm down. It’s also important to try to limit yourself from watching the news – be informed but know when to turn off the TV so you don’t become overwhelmed. Both resting and exercise are crucial during this time and strongly recommended. Lastly, do not hesitate to reach out to qualified specialists and seek help when you’re in need.
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