Taking A Toll: Beginning Our Conversation About Mental Health | New Hampshire Public Radio

Taking A Toll: Beginning Our Conversation About Mental Health

Feb 16, 2021

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice protests, and political uncertainy, many Americans are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and lonely. Meanwhile, many of us are grappling with financial pressure while balancing work from home with all of our other responsibilities. We begin a new three-part series, called Taking A Toll, about the mental health impacts of the past year.  We discuss solutions and resources to help you make it through this difficult time. 

Air date: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 

GUESTS:

Resources and Advice from our Guests

The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. 

Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling. 

The phone number for NAMI NH is 1-800-242-6264. 

The American Psychological Association has COVID-19 information and resources

The CDC has guidelines for coping with stress

New Hampshire has Peer Support Agencies

Keep a gratitude journal. 

Think of ways to do good for others. Donate to a local food bank or other charities. 

Limit doomscrolling. Only check the news once a day. 

Remember: This will pass. Today is just a day. This is temporary. 

Try to increase connectedness with others. Reach out to a friend, neighbor, or family member. 

Eat healthy. 

Regulate your sleep. 

Exercise and spend time outside. 

Meditate. 

Watch your alcohol consumption. 

Journal your feelings. 

Practice your spirituality. 

Be creative: craft, do puzzles, bake, color. 

This show was produced by Jane Vaughan.