An unusual time
We are living in a historical moment. Never before has there been a global public health crisis quite like what is happening now. With so many unknowns and so much media coverage about the Covid-19 issue, panic and anxiety are expected. Stress, frustration, worries about the future and even increased irritability and anger are going to be common feelings in the days and weeks ahead. This is all normal in an unusual time.
At SAVE we want you to know that we share the same concerns as everyone does around Covid-19. Our concerns for our board, staff, volunteers and our supporters is our primary focus at this time. We plan to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the CDC as guidance for how to proceed and will continuously monitor their advice.
While caring for ourselves we recommend you do the same in your lives. Most have all seen and heard the recommendations on good hygiene and social distancing, staying home if you are not feeling well, and reaching out to medical care if you need it.
Also, important is our mental health and well-being in this national crisis. For those living with a mental illness times like these can increase or worsen symptoms. For those caring for and/or concerned about someone with a mental illness worries can also increase. It is critical that we all do what we can to remain calm in a crisis.
- Find and rely on good information from credible sources, such as the WHO and the CDC, as well as your local public health departments.
- Stay connected to others in your family, friends, co-workers, faith communities, etc. Use old-fashioned methods such as calling people on your phones, use social media to stay connected, and when you are around others use common sense in taking care of yourself, but being connected to others helps all of us in good times and times of high stress and crisis.
- Know symptoms, warning signs and typical behaviors of those with a mental illness. If you see someone acting uncharacteristic or different from what you typically know of them, talk to them about it and if necessary suggest resources to them or bring others into the conversation to ensure identifying someone at greater risk gets the help that they need.
- Be prepared. Make sure that you or others have the medications needed, knowledge of and access to healthcare providers and mental health professionals that are available, crisis and other support systems, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) and the Crisis Text Line (text Hello to 741 741).
This is an unusual time for everyone and it will affect all of us in different ways. Making sure that we take care of ourselves and others is the best way through this moment in time. It will pass and SAVE will be here throughout this crisis and after. Together, we will SAVE lives.
Dan Reidenberg, Psy.D.