How you respond to stress during this pandemic can depend on your background, your social support from family or friends, your financial situation, your health and emotional background, the community you live in, and many other factors. The changes that are happening around us can be stressful and can have an impact on anyone.
It’s important that through these difficult times we stick together and reach out for help when needed.
While it’s important to stay updated regarding the pandemic, it’s easy to become wrapped up in all the information. In San Mateo County, clinicians and health care programs have reported a substantial increase in youth and young adults with significant mental health issues and more cases of substance use. Just remember your feelings are normal. Feeling stressed, depressed, guilty, or angry is common after an event like an infectious disease outbreak, even when it does not directly threaten you.
Take care of yourself and remember to take breaks and time for you to unwind. Whether that's reading a book, exercising, or knowing when to ask for help. Talk to your family about your stressors and fears, and do something fun with them this week! For more information on mental health resources available, visit menlopark.org/mentalhealth