The coronavirus pandemic health crisis is not just physical, but mental as well. For those struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health or substance abuse issues, the coronavirus pandemic has provided additional trials. For many people, the pandemic and the situational challenges associated with it, have sprung mental health issues that are new to them. Increased unemployment and financial problems, social isolation, sickness and worry about loved ones all wreak havoc with our moods and coping mechanisms.
There is help. Some erroneously may think that social distancing measures prevent them from getting treatment or help for mental health issues. That is not so. Many private mental health professionals have included virtual appointments to their roster of services. Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous have had phone and email meetings for years and have increased the frequency and availability of these groups.
There are resources through the State of Michigan for those in crisis as well, including help for those experiencing crises that directly stem from the pandemic. Visit here for more information.
Finally, seek help from the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK if you, or someone you know displays the following warning signs of serious crisis:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
You are not alone.