Who Are The Mentally Vulnerable During This Pandemic?

We have gotten a lot of information in this pandemic about who is physically vulnerable to this virus. We would like to also bring to your attention who is mentally vulnerable to these current conditions of social distancing, isolation, and fear. Let’s face it, we are all vulnerable right now in one way or another, whether it’s physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially, or all of the above. It has been great to see communities pulling together to help keep families fed, educated, and connected while we are all doing our best to stay home. However, being stuck at home for an unknown length of time under stressful circumstances can be quite problematic for a lot of people, especially those who already struggle emotionally, or perhaps do not have a safe home. If you happen to know anyone that might fit these following conditions, please reach out to them or their families to offer support, connection, or helpful resources, including online counseling. Here is a short list of just a few people you can consider reaching out to right now:
  • Anyone with a history of anxiety disorders, depression, and especially suicidal thoughts at any time in life
  • Kids and teens in unsafe homes, whose safe place was school
  • Families with lower incomes who might leave kids home alone while they go to work, or who may have lost jobs already
  • Teens who are missing out on milestones right now, such as sports tournaments, trips abroad, proms, graduations, performances, etc.
  • People with a history of alcohol or drug abuse, who may be at risk for relapse
  • People who currently use drugs or alcohol that may overuse, or suffer a dangerous withdrawal if suddenly not using
  • Many more!
  The best thing we can all do right now is stay connected, whether that’s on the phone, social media, or the many platforms available for video conferencing.  It would be especially helpful to get some live face time with people.  There are many platforms to help you with this including face time on your phones, Zoom, Google hangouts, Snap Chat, and more. Online counseling is also an option if you feel you need some help, or you if you are isolated and don’t have anyone to visually connect with.  It’s easier and best to establish a connection now, instead of waiting until you are struggling. If you have any questions about online counseling, feel free to give us a call!