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Mental Health During Stressful Times
Pam Luker Phone: (479) 968-7098Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
September is National Suicide Prevention Month so what better time to talk about mental
health than now? The last several months have caused some people to become depressed.
It is not uncommon for people to start feeling depressed when they are under stress.
Currently, with a worldwide pandemic and racial tensions being shown on televisions
and in media every day, it is difficult not to start having negative feelings creep
in. There is worry that you or a loved one may become infected with Covid-19, fear
of what will become of social unrest, and what impacts long-term social isolation,
economic loses, illness, and virtual school will have on ourselves or loved ones.
While we are unable to personally control Covid-19 along with the long-term impacts
it may have, or racial tensions rising, there are some things we can do to help identify
and address mental health issues.
First, we need to know who is at risk for depression. According to the NDSU Extension
Service people who may be at risk:
All or most of us can agree that with the current challenging situations we are facing,
most of us have some or if not all of these risk factors. Now that we know the risk
factors, let’s look at the signs of depression (NDSU Extension Services) so we can
identify if we or someone we know may be depressed.
Let’s look at what the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center says you
can do if you recognized these signs in yourself or someone else. If you think you
may be experiencing the about signs of depression you can do the following:
If you think someone you know may be experiencing signs of depression:
If you or someone else have feelings of suicide, you can reach the suicide hotline
at 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7 and the call is free and confidential.
For more research-based information about mental health or Covid-19, please contact
Pamela Luker, Pope County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent at 479-968-7098 or email@example.com.