More people turning to The Up Center for mental health during coronavirus


IF YOU’RE FEELING STRESSED OUT, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. MORE THAN TWO MONTHS OF LOCK DOWNS, JOB LOSSES, AND ISOLATION ARE TAKING THEIR TOLL ON OUR MENTAL WELL- BEING. BUT THERE IS HOPE. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S TOM SCHAAD JOINS US FROM HOME TO TELL US . BOUT IT. (TOM) STEPHANIE, MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, AND THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION SAYS NEARLY HALF OF US SAY OUR EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING HAS SUFFERED UNDER THIS PANDEMIC. THAT IS WHY WE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. (TOM SCHAAD) COVID 19 HAS SICKENED MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD LEAVING SERIOUS CHALLENGES FOR BODY AND MIND. ANDREA LONG/CHIEF PROGRAM AND STRATEGY OFFICER, THE UP CENTER “WHAT I AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT MY BILLS, ABOUT MY EMPLOYMENT, ENGAGING IN PARENTING EFFECTIVELY WITH MY CHILDREN WITH TIME WHEN THINGS ARE SO INCREDIBLY UNSTRUCTURED?” THE FIRST STEP IS TO LOOK UP. THE UP CENTER IS A NON PROFIT THAT OFFERS A VAST ARRAY OF SOCIAL SERVICES, THAT HELPS AROUND 10 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN HAMPTON ROADS EVERY YEAR. THE EFFECTS OF CORONAVIRUS IS PROMPTING MORE CALLS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. “ONE OF THE THINGS THE UP CENTER HAS DONE IN RESPONSE, WAS TO TAKE ALL OF OUR COUNSELING SERVICES TO A VIRTUAL PLATFORM, WHICH HAS ALLOWED US TO PROVIDE EASIER ACCESS TO ANYONE WHO THINKS THEY CAN BENEFIT FROM TALKING TO A COUNSELOR.” ANDREA LONG SAYS ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS ARE GAINING TRACTION AS MORE PEOPLE GIVING PEOPLE A SENSE THAT OTHERS SHARE THEIR ANXIETY, AS MORE PEOPLE FIND THEMSELVES UNDER STRESS AT HOME. “AND THAT HELPS PEOPLE FEEL A LITTLE MORE GROUNDED. I’M NOT ALONE. MY CIRCUMSTANCES ARE NOT THAT UNIQUE, AND HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL WAYS TO MANAGE MY SITUATION MORE EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY” LONG SAYS SEEKING ASSISTANCE TO DEAL WITH ISOLATION IS A CRITICAL FIRST STEP TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM FALLING INTO THE TRAP OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. “THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE IS THAT WE WANT FAMILIES TO SEEK HELP. WE WANT FAMILIES TO REACH OUT TO THE UP CENTER AND OTHER AGENCIES IN THE COMMUNITY SO THAT WE CAN HELP FAMILIES PROBLEM SOLVE.” “THERE IS NO STIGMA ATTACHED TO REACHING OUT AND NEEDING HELP.” (TOM) AND LONG SAYS THE WARNING SIGNS ARE TROUBLE SLEEPING, CHANGES WITH HOW YOU INTERACT WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR SPOUSE, OR JUST FEELING OVERWHELMED. IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO. WE HAVE A LINK TO THE UP CENTER AND ITS; LIST OF SERVICES ON WAVY.COM.

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