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Mental health awareness during covid-19 pandemic

Posted at 8:21 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 09:37:23-04

MENASHA, Wis. (NBC 26) -- The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been a stressful time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention many people may be feeling stressed and that's to be expected during an infectious outbreak.

The added stress can sometimes worsen mental health, impact your sleep and eating habits, but it can also lead to exhaustion and burnout.

Dr. Yvette Goebel, a psychologist with ThedaCare Behavioral Health, says sometimes these types of feelings can even lead to physical symptoms, such as stomach aches and weight loss.

Dr. Goebel says one way to help those struggling, whether it's a spouse, partner or friend is to listen and try to understand. She says communication is key to understanding and it is best to tell someone you are struggling and most importantly, ask for help so others can help.

Some key tips Dr. Goebel suggests:

  • Communicate
  • Be Sure to Allow Yourself to Rest and Take Breaks
  • Focus on Good Nutrition
  • Exercise

If these tips don't help relieve stress it's important to watch for other signs that could be dangerous, such as:

  • Crying Spells
  • Thoughts of Hopelessness
  • Constant Feelings of Guilt
  • Talking as if They Don't Exist in the Future

When someone is experiencing this type of distress, it's vital to reach out to professionals for guidance.
There are several helpful resources nationally and in Northeast Wisconsin.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
  • ThedaCare Behavioral Health - (920)720-2300
  • Catalpa Access Line - (920)750-7000

Suicide can affect anyone of any age. ThedaCare is part of a collaborative effort to prevent suicide in teens. The Northeast Mental Health Connection was started after a Mental Health Summit in 2011 to prevent teen suicides. For more information and resources, visit