As someone who lost a family member to suicide when I was young, I know all too well the pain and grief it leaves for those who have lost a loved one in this way.
There’s currently another side to the tragedy of the global pandemic that we are facing—the dangerous and deadly battle that is fought within. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide have been alarmingly on the rise in the past decade. The epidemic of suicide gripping the nation has skyrocketed in recent weeks as people grapple with financial stress, social isolation, and concerns for their health in the face of the COVID crisis.
This recent article in The Orange County Register, in which I was recently interviewed for, provides a list of crisis lines and resources for those in need. Know it’s OK not to be OK. Please reach out and seek support if you’re experiencing anxiety, grief, depression, or thoughts of self-harm.
Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and uncertainty about the future can fuel grief and suicidal thoughts, and the COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying these feelings for some people.
Depression and trauma equally impact our brain, body, and being. While medication and therapy prove beneficial for some, dealing with the additional stresses of the pandemic can overwhelm those with mental health issues. Seeking help and reaching out is the first step, but we also need to let those facing trauma and depression know that they’re not alone.
My weekly webinar series titled “Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind,” offers advice and tools to promote emotional and mental well-being in the time of COVID-19. Every Wednesday 3-4 pm PST, I will offer advice, Q&A, and tools to promote emotional and mental wellbeing during COVID-19. Discover strategies to manage work, family and life while self-isolating.
Stay Safe. Stay Strong. Stay Calm. Stay Connected.