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Are you taking care of your mental health? – Jackie Joens
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Are you taking care of your mental health?

First and foremost, I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

This is a very trying time for everyone.  First responders and health care workers now find themselves on the front lines, fighting an invisible foe.  Friends and neighbors are socially distant during a time we could all use love and support – sometimes just a hug.  Yet, as United States citizens, we are all called to do our part and stay socially distant to lower the Covid-19 curve.

I am more than aware of the increasing need for mental health support and care during these unprecedented times.  There are many who have been forced to continue working in a crowded, nonessential businesses when working from home is possible.  There are health care workers and first responders going to work every day without enough personal protection gear.  These same people face increasing numbers of sick and dying.  There are elderly isolated from loved ones.  There are children removed from a regular routine and isolated from their friends.  There are government leaders trying to figure out what to do, with no historic examples from our past.  There are people who have been laid off and wonder when financial relief will come.  All of us are waiting and wondering where the next attack will be.  If we are sick, we wonder if we are ill enough to be tested. There are so many in need.  There is so much stress!

As a mental health care provider, I am going to try and focus my blog page on ways you can take care of yourself and your loved ones during this challenging time.  I welcome any suggestions you may have that could help support each other as we move forward through another month of social distancing.

My mental health counseling office, New Hope, has been offering telehealth counseling sessions for the past two weeks.  If you are interested in telehealth counseling sessions, we are offering them to current and new clients.  Most insurance companies are now reimbursing providers for telehealth counseling sessions.  Contact our business office for details.  www.grownewhope.com

Our lives have seriously been disrupted and our health is threatened.  Social distancing helps us protect our physical health but what are you doing about your mental health?  It is important you take care of all of you.  (Probably more important than ever!)

Fear should have no place in our day to day concerns.  (Nor should the fear of toilet paper shortages. – a little touch at humor.)  Take care of yourself and your loved ones.  Please check the coming Covid-19 resource post and stay mentally healthy as best you can.

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