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COVID-19 and your mental health

By April 21, 2022No Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic, even as it seems to be waning, has brought many changes to how we live our lives, and with it, at times, uncertainty, altered daily routines, financial pressures, and social isolation.

You may worry about getting sick if the pandemic will continue, whether your job will be affected and what the future will bring. Information overload, rumors, and misinformation can make your life feel out of control and make it unclear what to do.

You may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, and loneliness during this time. And mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, can worsen.

According to the Mayo Clinic, surveys have shown a major increase in the number of U.S. adults who report symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia during the pandemic, compared with surveys before the pandemic. Some people have increased their use of alcohol or drugs, thinking that can help them cope with their fears about the pandemic. In reality, using these substances can worsen anxiety and depression.

For all of these reasons, it’s important to learn self-care strategies and get the care you need to help you cope.

At Interim, the Crisis Counseling Program is here to help all members of the Monterey County community to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. If you are feeling stress, fear, or anxiety over the uncertainty of COVID-19, contact us for support. You’ll be connected with trained, compassionate staff who can offer support, stress management tools, and connect you with local services to meet your needs. All contacts are confidential. Support is available in both English and Spanish. Contact our Crisis Counseling Program.

Phone: 831.676.3715, EXT. 500

Email: malcala@interiminc.org or imatthews@interiminc.org

If you’re feeling suicidal or thinking of hurting yourself, seek help. Contact your primary care provider or mental health professional. Or call a suicide hotline. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use its webchat at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.


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