03/26/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/26/2020 16:21
[Attachment] The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19, children and teens, people who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders, and people who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
There are many ways we can support our community members who may be more isolated during this time. Here are some suggestions on how to help:
CHECK FOR WORSENING DEPRESSION
CHECK FOR RISK OF SELF-HARM OR SUICIDE
RE-AFFIRM RESILIENCE, ALTRUISM, AND CONNECTION
If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a counselor or medical professional. Cascadia's Urgent Walk-in Clinic is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and serves all individuals who are facing a behavioral health crisis. Additionally, Multnomah County's Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: (503) 988-4888.
For more information on Cascadia's efforts to address COVID-19 and the impacts of this outbreak, visit: https://cascadiabhc.org/coronavirus-main/.