Updated: Apr 29
Summary of: Suggestions for tele-mental health resources for coping with COVID-19 published on HeraldNet, April 25, 2020.
Crucial that we recognize the impact that COVID-19 has had on our mental health
Mental health apps are a low-cost way to help deal with mental health issues during this pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected mental health due to the large number of deaths and significant economic impacts all over the world. Many of these symptoms are similar to those of the 2003 SARS outbreak, which include confusion, loneliness, fear, boredom, anger, and worry. Because we have been instructed to social distance ourselves to help reduce the number of cases, quarantine has made it very easy for all of us to feel a wide range of emotions. Luckily, we are not alone.
It is crucial that we recognize the impact that COVID-19 has had on our mental health. With that in mind, it’s important to not hide any stress or anxiety that we are facing, but rather acknowledge it and seek out the many resources that are available during this time. At home, we can try to start a new routine to help make things seem more “normal,” from simply setting a bedtime schedule and sticking to it, to turning away from impulsive drinking/smoking. Free online assessments can help people understand the very basics of how they're doing when it comes to depression, anxiety, alcohol and/or drug misuse, and sleep difficulties.
Mental health apps are a low-cost way to help deal with mental health issues during this pandemic, and many of these apps provide telephone contact with a coach or mental health counselor.
MoodGym helps manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Beating the Blues and CALM Tools for Living are also available but include a small fee.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has provided smartphone apps free to the public, including COVID Coach, CBT-i Coach, and Mindfulness Coach.
The American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association also provide tele-mental health services.
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