COMPASS HEALTH – Amid the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, Compass Health remains committed to passionately serving the mental health needs of our community. The sense of uncertainty with what’s to come as well as the isolation that can accompany social distancing have the potential to negatively impact our emotional and mental health. Even more so for those already struggling with mental health issues. The key to maintaining good mental health and wellbeing is to be aware of your emotions and feelings as well as any changes to behavior or functioning. In addition, knowing when and how to reach out for help is an important factor in keeping us safe and healthy as we move through this crisis.
Of course, with the level of disruption in our lives currently, we can certainly expect changes to our mood and general routine – including sleep and appetite. When these changes become problematic or keep us from maintaining our responsibilities, it may be time for a closer look.
Some changes to be aware of:
- Increase or decrease in sleep and/or appetite
- Mood – increased irritability and anger, sadness and worry
- Decrease in personal hygiene
- Lack of pleasure or enjoyment in hobbies or interest
- Increased consumption of news and social media
- Onset or increase in use of alcohol or illegal drugs to cope
Engaging in self- care behaviors, positive social interactions (video conferencing counts!) and maintaining a daily routine are always helpful. Coping strategies to promote wellness include getting outside, engaging in exercise and healthy eating when possible; be aware of your news and social media consumption and limit yourself if needed. Get involved in a hobby or activity that you enjoy or learn something new.
For most, changing a few behaviors and increasing activity level may be all that’s needed to restore calm and ease anxieties. However, if mood and behavior changes are not manageable on your own, please reach out for help from a professional.
Compass Health is now providing one on one sessions with Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers via Telehealth. Telehealth services involve the use of video conferencing through a computer, tablet or smartphone. Telehealth services satisfy social distancing measures while, at the same time, allowing those in need to access much needed mental health care.
These are challenging times. Staying informed, connected to others and aware of your emotional and physical needs are a priority. We’ll get through this – let’s strive to stay as healthy and positive as we can!
For more information on Compass Health services and locations, please visit our website at www.compasshealthcare.com or call their 24/7 Intake line at 888-640-5433.