The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep us in our homes and out of our normal routines, which is taking its toll on the mental health of millions of Americans who are forced to maintain physical distance from their friends, families and other loved ones.
It is perfectly valid to feel scared, anxious, lonely, uneasy, depressed, tired, overwhelmed, or other feelings that are difficult to process during these uncertain times. It is also perfectly acceptable to seek and get mental health help from the safety of your home.
The Centers for Disease Control has provided a comprehensive guide for managing anxiety and stress during the coronavirus outbreak.
Here are some resources issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, that are accessible to people across Pennsylvania.
For those who are considering therapy, there are a number of options available, including providers who are working on sliding-scale payments. Here’s a good listen from NPR on managing your mental health during this crisis:
Resources to Recover (RtoR) has a great list of services available in Pennsylvania.
And as always, you can text PA to 741-741 if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis.
There are also resources in our community to help those in need. Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services has a number of resources on its website and important hotlines for those in need:
- For a mental health crisis call: 215-685-6440
- For the suicide & crisis intervention hotline: 215-686-4420
- For community behavioral health member services: 888-545-2600
- For intellectual disability services, call 215-685-5900
National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County is operating its help line from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 215-361-7784. You can find more of its online resources here.
Remember, you can do your part to stop the spread of the virus by staying home!
Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. The residents of Philadelphia and its suburbs have been ordered to remain at home as to help prevent spread of coronavirus, find out what that means for you.
Keep in mind, Philadelphia is regularly updating its website to provide more information and resources on coronavirus COVID-19.
Montgomery County is doing the same.
Here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease:
Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
- Shortness of breath
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC:
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations.
Read more: CDC recommendations on getting tested for coronavirus