What a year we have been through and it isn’t over yet. This global pandemic has created a healthcare crisis, anxiety, and depression for so many Americans. So much stress and worry as many of us lost or jobs and income. We dealt with huge changes in the way we do our jobs and go to school. Much of what we do to cope with stress has been taken away or modified. All the fun was cancelled. Too many families and groups of friends have become separated either physically or politically.
All of the above has created a mental health crisis. The Disaster Distress Helpline reports an 891% increase in call volume. Happiness levels for Americans have plummeted with anxiety and depression on the rise. I think you would agree that sounds like a mental health crisis. A crisis on top of the stresses of regular everyday life. Then winter blew in with it’s cold and dark days.
So if you find yourself struggling with “the blues” or fear, maybe anger you are not alone. Many people are reporting that they are feeling good or normal for a week or two the they slide into a dark place again. Please know that considering our current circumstance this may feel crazy, but it is not. Most of us are going to need a little help getting through this. Understanding what we went through and how we are changed by it all. Because this was a whole new ball game!
What I plan to do with The Mental Health Companion Blog moving forward is to attempt to partner with you as you get it all back in the scoop. By writing posts about getting help, therapy, support, and doing it for yourself.
Let’s get started with this post. If you are at worse case scenario. If you are overwhelmed to the point of giving up. Please…..Please…..Please reach out for help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990
You can text “Talk Withus” to 66746