Mental Health: A Priority Before, During, and After the Pandemic

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — July 30, 2020 — 3 min read
This article is based on a series of interviews for the Latino community in partnership with Latina 102.3 FM radio station.

Without a doubt, social distancing has brought emotional changes to our lives. We are adjusting to new situations, such as working or looking for a job from home, homeschooling our children, and being away from our loved ones. This can cause us stress, anxiety, and sometimes sadness. We want to share some tips that will help you to protect your mental health during this time of constant change.

Make Your Schedule Flexible

It is true that we need an organized schedule, but we must also try to be flexible and set realistic goals. Balancing our professional and personal life will have a positive effect on our mental health and will reduce stress levels. Don’t forget that self-care is also a priority. You can try out our 31-step daily guide from May’s Mental Health Month to keep your mental health in check.

Create a Healthy Environment for Children

Our children are not able to do the same activities they used to. Most likely, they are experiencing more anxiety and stress. The uncertainty of when they will return to school or what their new reality will look like could also affect them emotionally.

Besides organizing their schedule, we also need to make sure to listen to their thoughts and emotions. It is important to pay special attention to all their basic needs by cooking healthy meals and giving them comfy, well-fitting clothing. Do not hesitate to ask for parenting help if you need it. The Child Mind Institute offers valuable resources for the mental health of your little ones.

Take Advantage of Online Tools for Support

Due to social distancing, many helpful support groups and important medical treatments have been canceled. If you are recovering from substance use disorder or you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, it is very important to continue with your treatment. These online tools and services will allow you to keep in touch with therapists, support groups, or sponsors. In times like this, technology is your best ally to protect your mental health.
mental health screening

Take a screening here.

In this guide from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest community mental health organization in the United States, you can find support groups and digital resources locally.

Recognize That All Emotions Are Valid

To make this time more bearable, it is important to recognize that doubt, uncertainty, and fear are normal. In fact, all emotions are normal. It is time to leave the stigma behind and start having regular conversations about our mental health. This will help us face challenging times and improve our quality of life. Now, more than ever, we should stay connected, offer our help to those in need, listen to one another, and act with empathy.

We are here to help you find the support you need. We invite you to check out our website for more COVID-19 resources to help your mental health and overall wellbeing. You can also take a free mental health screening that can help you figure out what you’re feeling and how to seek help.

If you need immediate help, you can call our crisis line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-939-5911. You can also dial **ASK (star-star-2-7-5) from your mobile phone to quickly access our mental health emergency line.

To learn more about our services and what we do in the community, you can listen to our interview with Latina 102.3 FM in the video below (available in Spanish only). This interview was provided by Irene Sandoval Arce, Communications Manager at Cardinal Innovations.
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