The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our all of our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. The CDC reports that public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can cause us to feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.
Less than half of those that needed it received mental health services in the past year. Mental health is as important as physical health and social well-being. It affects how we feel, think, and behave. Mental health is important for people of all ages, from young children and teens to adults and older adults and can change throughout one’s life.
Talking with someone about how you feel can alleviate stress and anxiety that may contribute to feelings of poor mental health.
At Call2Talk, highly-trained volunteer call takers offer confidential, nonjudgmental support to callers experiencing mental health concerns or are experiencing an escalated emotional state. For many people, talking about their feelings helps them to feel validated, enhances problem solving and explores options.
The more we all talk about mental health, the more we do to reduce the stigma that surrounds it. Talking about mental health and wellness reminds everyone who is having a hard time that they are not alone in their struggle and it is ok to talk about it and to reach out for help.