Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Resources for Pandemic Fatigue

This pandemic is getting long!  I am sure that I am not the only one that is feeling this way.  For me, approaching the one-year anniversary of this whole hot mess has brought up a number of feelings.  Back when this all began, no one would have ever predicted the variety of impacts which this would have on all of our lives.  Obviously, disruption to things which have been predictable, such as school and work, have been unsettling.  Financial insecurity, social unrest, political controversy, etc. have also been a part of our universal 2020 experience.  Anyone else want to retire the word “unprecedented?”

As a part of the state movement to return students to in-person learning, alarming statistics have been cited. There has been a 25% increase in mental health emergency room visits for children from 5-12 and a 30 % increase in visits for teenagers between October and December.  40 percent of adults surveyed indicated that they were struggling with their mental health. That being said, it is important for us to know what we can do to take care of ourselves and those around us.  The CDC, HHS, the Ad Council and The White House have collaborated to develop a resource website called The Coping-19 Campaign

According to their website, “It’s ok not to be ok right now.  While each person’s experience is unique, we’re in this together. In partnership with mental health experts, we’ve gathered resources and tools to help find a healthy harmony of body and mind during this uncertain time.”  Included are topics such as Suicide Prevention Resources, Smart Money Tips During Covid19, Challenge Your Creativity, Playlists to address anxiety, stress and sleeplessness, Coping with Isolation, and general Resources.


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