Mental health professionals see increase in calls due to COVID-19 and election – Health News Today

If you’re stressed these days because of issues related to COVID-19, or politics, or both, you are not alone. Mental health professionals are seeing an increase in calls for help.“You have a lot of people that are really dealing with heightened anxiety that may have not experienced before,” said Lisa Madden, president and CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord. Madden said the combination of COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election is leading to more people feeling stressed, depressed and anxious. “We are hearing that things feel very unpredictable. When you constantly live in an unpredictable environment, it’s exhausting and it wears on you, and what we typically do to relieve some of that stress might not be available to us,” she said.Madden said if you can, relieve stress with the basics: Get outside, go for walks, exercise, and try to eat and sleep well. “Be gentle with yourself, do the things that take care of you,” she said.Her advice if the election is driving your stress: “You’ve got to step away. You’ve got to give yourself a break. Your brain can only handle so much; it can’t be on that heightened sense of alert all the time, or you really start to feel it physically and you feel it emotionally.”If you’re feeling a strain with family members or friends because of political disagreements, Madden said being civil is key. “People tend to climb the emotional ladder when they don’t feel like they’re being heard, when they don’t feel like they’re being respected. So if you can maintain yourself, so you can have a conversation that allows the other person to express themselves in a dignified, respectful manner, then that will go a long way,” she said. Madden said if that isn’t working, you should take a break and walk away. If you’re struggling with mental health, she says to call for help. A listing of Riverbend’s services can be found here.

If you’re stressed these days because of issues related to COVID-19, or politics, or both, you are not alone. Mental health professionals are seeing an increase in calls for help.

“You have a lot of people that are really dealing with heightened anxiety that may have not experienced before,” said Lisa Madden, president and CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord.

Madden said the combination of COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election is leading to more people feeling stressed, depressed and anxious.

“We are hearing that things feel very unpredictable. When you constantly live in an unpredictable environment, it’s exhausting and it wears on you, and what we typically do to relieve some of that stress might not be available to us,” she said.

Madden said if you can, relieve stress with the basics: Get outside, go for walks, exercise, and try to eat and sleep well.

“Be gentle with yourself, do the things that take care of you,” she said.

Her advice if the election is driving your stress: “You’ve…

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