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Coping During COVID-19: Resources from Clark County Public Health

Coping During COVID-19: Resources from Clark County Public Health

Between the health risks, the social isolation, the financial stress and the political warfare brought on by the current global pandemic, many kids and adults are facing new mental health challenges, or grappling with increased intensity of existing conditions. Even as Clark County Public Health (CCPH) stresses safety measures for protection against becoming infected and infecting others with COVID-19, the agency is also emphasizing the importance of holistic wellness.

In a new document addressing mental health during the time of physical distancing, CCPH acknowledges today’s unique struggle while underscoring the need to be proactive about our own mental health: “We need each other,” the document begins. “Being isolated from other people can make our physical and mental health worse and can especially trigger anxiety and depression. Especially if you live alone, social distancing is hard on our bodies and our emotions. And when we add to that the worries about unknowns—Will I get sick? Will someone I love get sick? What will happen to my job?—we layer on additional stresses to our physical and mental health. If you find yourself lonely, stressed, or anxious, pay attention to these emotions and take action.”

Top tips from CCPH to combat depression and anxiety during COVID-19 include:

  • Avoid watching, reading or listening to new reports that cause to feel anxious or distressed.
  • Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks.
  • Introduce structure and routine into your day.

Following details on these vital components is a wealth of local and national resources for help with suicide ideation, alcohol and drug abuse recovery, death bereavement and grief resources, LGBTQ crisis intervention and more.

Find the entire document from Clark County Public Health here.

Nikki Klock became co-owner and editor of Vancouver Family Magazine in September 2006. She grew up mainly in the Northwest and graduated from Utah Valley University. She is an avid reader and insists that a book is (almost) always better than a movie. She has lived in Vancouver with her husband, JR, and two daughters since 2003. Check out Nikki's Editor’s Picks here.

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