Taking Care of Our Community’s Mental Health During COVID-19
The current COVID-19 situation can exacerbate domestic violence and human trafficking and add additional layers of challenges for those with existing mental health concerns. The County’s 24-hour Crisis Center provides telephone help for anyone in crisis. The Crisis Center number is 240-777-4000.
Mental health professionals from the County’s Department of Health and Human Services have the following guidance:
- It is natural and okay to feel anxious and overwhelmed; times are uncertain and difficult right now
- Work individually and together to find creative ways to keep anxiety in check
- It is important to find time to take care of ourselves and our mental health, so we can ultimately look out for each other
- Focusing on news headlines can worsen anxiety
- Stick to the facts about COVID-19 and what is being done to combat it
- Turn off the television and limit social media consumption
- When possible, connect with friends and loved ones through video chats and other online platforms; share your tips for relaxation
- Get outside to exercise but remember to keep your distance from others
- Take deep breaths
- Eat right and get enough sleep
- Help others in your community
Additional mental health resources are on the COVID-19 website.