COVID-19 and mental health


BO: MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH AND THIS HAS BEEN A STRESSFUL TIME FOR MANY. MORE THAN 530- THOUSAND TENNESSEANS HAVE FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT SINCE MARCH 15TH. AND AS ALEX DENIS REPORTS – THE ADDED FINANCIAL STRESS ON FAMILIES, DURING AN ALREADY DIFFICULT TIME WITH THE PANDEMIC, HAS MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS BRACING FOR A NEW WAVE OF PATIENTS. NOW IS THE TIME TO BE MINDFUL OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. I’VE DEFINITELY SEEN AN INCREASE OF MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS AS A PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER AT TRISTAR SKYLINE MEDICAL CENTER , SHAWN BRADY, SAYS THE REASON FOR THE INCREASE IS CLEAR. SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS BECAUSE THEY WERE CONSIDERED NON- ESSENTIAL WORKERS … STILL CAUSED A LOT OF HARM TO PEOPLE. JOB LOSS, INCREASED DEBT, AND EVICTION CAUSED BY RECESSIONS HAVE HISTORICALLY LED TO AN INCREASED NUMBER OF SUICIDES. FOLLOWING THE 2008 ECONOMIC CRISIS, THE SUICIDE RATE NEARLY DOUBLED IN THE UNITED STATES. A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY STATES “THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY ARE CONSISTENT… ECONOMIC CRISES INCREASE SUICIDE CASES”. ON TOP OF FINANCIAL STRESS, PEOPLE ARE ALSO ANXIOUS ABOUT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. EXPERTS SAY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO REACH OUT NOW. WHITE KNUCKLING, TRYING TO WORK THOUGH SOMETHING YOURSELF IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST THING YOU CAN DO. BRADY ACKNOWLEDGES, FINDING THE HELP YOU NEED PROVES TO BE MORE CHALLENGING WITH CLOSURES AND SOCIAL DISTANCING. A LOT OF THE WALK-IN TYPE FACILITIES ARE NOT ACCEPTING, OR THEY’RE DOING A LOT MORE SCREENING PRIOR TO ACCEPTING SO IT’S BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT. IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK, THE HELP IS THERE. BRADY SUGGESTS COMING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE. OR, CONSIDER TELEHEALTH. MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO NOT SUFFER ALONE. IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT IT TO GET IT OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF. BO: LOCALLY – THE HELEN ROSS MCNABB CENTER IS OPEN AND PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BATTLING MENTAL ILLNESS YOU CAN CALL THEIR TOLL-FREE NUMBER – 1-800- 255-9711. LORI: STILL TO COME – ITS BEAR SEASON.. WHY WILDLIFE OFFICERS TELL US THEY’RE SEEING AN INCREASE IN BEAR SIGHTINGS… COMPARED TO YEARS PAST – WHEN WE COME BACK.

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