Taking A Toll: Beginning Our Conversation About Mental Health
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.
- Sonya Shropshire-Friel - a psychologist in Dover.
- Ashley Silva - a LICSW in Manchester.
- Paul Cody - a psychologist with the Behavioral Health Program at Equality Health Center in Concord.
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.
Regulate your sleep.
Exercise and spend time outside.
Watch your alcohol consumption.
Journal your feelings.
Practice your spirituality.
Be creative: craft, do puzzles, bake, color.
This show was produced by Jane Vaughan.