COVID-19: Take Care of Your Mind & Body

Apr 8, 2020

Along with physical health, local officials are also concerned about your mental health.

Herb Trix has more. 

Richard Whitaker, CEO of the Vera French Community Mental Health Center (file)
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Richard Whitaker, CEO of the Vera French Community Mental Health Center in Davenport, says you can reduce fear and anxiety by staying calm and getting facts from trusted sources, such as the CDC.

Focus on what's under your control, such as cleaning your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, plus staying home when sick. 

It's also important to talk about your feelings, but sometimes that's not enough. If need more help, the first step is to call your doctor or a mental health provider.

Most offices have quickly set up tele-health systems, so you don't have to risk catching COVID-19 or the flu with a face-to-face visit. 

Whitaker says if your feelings are overwhelming, make that call to your primary care provider who can talk with you and perhaps give you a referral to help navigate these difficult times.

And remember anxiety and fear are natural responses to stress. Don't hesitate to reach out for help. Here's a list of local mental health professionals, the Vera French Community Mental Center, Robert Young Center, Transitions, Center for Youth and Family Solutions, and Genesis Psychology Associates.

Suicide prevention lifeline logos in English & Spanish
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In addition, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is not just for those thinking about killing themselves. That number is 800.273.8255, or 800.273.TALK.

The same organization offers a phone lifeline for disaster survivors, 800.985.5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.