Mental illness in American was already on the rise pre-COVID 19 for adults and adolescents and with the increased social isolation and income insecurity we can expect these numbers will continue to grow.
To that end, we want to make sure you are aware of the National Mental Health resources available to you.

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Hello, welcome to another episode of Stress Less with Dr. SOS. Today’s episode is our Resource Edition. I want to take some time to  so that we all are equipped to live well.

Over the last several weeks many of us have been dealing with increased mental health issues. For some of us, this may be our first experience, while for others it may be a reoccurrence or worsening of symptoms. 

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders.

Mental illness in American was already on the rise pre-COVID 19 for adults and adolescents and with the increased social isolation and income insecurity we can expect these numbers will continue to grow.

To that end, we want to make sure you are aware of the National Mental Health resources available to you.

Need help? Know someone who does? 

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety as a result of the COVID-19  pandemic, call the Disaster Distress Helpline through SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at 1 800 985 5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

If you are experiencing symptoms related to depression or anxiety that are non-COVID 19 related, check out the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) at adaa.org or give them a call at 1 240 485 1001. They provide helpful information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions.

Think you or a loved one may be dealing with Bipolar Disorder?  Visit the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) at dbsalliance.org where you can get information on bipolar disorder and depression and find in-person and online support groups. You can also give them a call at 1 800 826 3632.

Maybe you have concerns about substance use or abuse. Contact the National Drug Helpline at drughelpline.org or call them at 1 844 289 0879.

And if you’re concerned about hurting yourself or someone else, reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at thehotline.org or by calling them at 1 800 799 7233 or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org 1 800 273 TALK .

I hope this information and these resources can be helpful to you and those you care about. More information and help resources can be found at the National Alliance on Mental Illness at nami.org .

And if you feel like you’d like to speak with someone at Summit directly, let us know. You can give us a call at Summit Wellness Center at The Mount at 757 312 9891 or email us at counseling@themountleads.org

Until next time, choose to live well!

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