How to protect your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

How to protect your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

The U.S. Surgeon General said this week will be one of the saddest for Americans, as the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its peak. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said it will be our "Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment." In Utah, the number of people who've contracted COVID-19 and the deaths from the disease pale in comparison to those in New York City. Still, wondering whether you or one of your loved ones will get it is certainly a cause of anxiety and stress — no matter where you live. Rebecca Brown, COO for Valley Behavioral Health, said this is an important time to care for your mental health. It's important to forget about the stigma of seeking treatment. You may not need intense treatment. "It could be a brief intervention," she said. Valley Behavioral Health continues to offer mental health treatment and substance use disorder treatment. Like many healthcare organizations, it is doing much of its work with patients through telehealth right now. If you want more information on Valley Behavioral Health, call 888-949-4864 or visit their website. You can get help even if you don't have health insurance. Brown said while it's too soon to know how our collective mental health will be impacted by COVID -19, but people will likely be affected in different ways. "Some people will respond with normal stress and reaction. Some might have more severe reactions like post-traumatic stress disorder. We want to be aware of those symptoms," she said. For now, Brown said take ...
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