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Mental health wellness and increased suicide risk during COVID-19 isolation

Are you okay? Is isolation triggering thoughts of suicide?

Before physical and social isolation due to COVID0-19, aspects of life could be difficult and painful, but now, in our ever-changing world everything is amplified, including negative thoughts and feelings, leading to emotional distress.

Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed, afraid, angry or powerless isn’t abnormal during this situation.

It’s important to take care of yourself and to connect with others remotely over the phone, or video chat. Contact us at 303-617-2300 for services and care.

Our crisis services are available by calling 844-493-8255. Our 24/7 walk-in Crisis Center is at 2206 Victor Street, Aurora, CO 80045. If you do arrive at this location, please know that the safety of our staff and clients is of utmost importance during this time.

Here are some things you can do to help your mental wellness.

  • Limit your news and social media consumption. Anxiety can be as contagious as any virus. Consider checking for updates no more than twice daily. Many reliable information sources on COVID-19 are reporting at one specified time each day. Bear in mind that kids are especially susceptible to oversaturation, and they can pick it up from adults.
  • Focus on deep breathing for two-minutes every hour to calm your body, oxygenate your brain, and reduce stress. Step outside if you can for maximum effect. Kids need this too.
  • Fresh air, sunshine and physical movement are proven health enhancers, positively affecting body, mind and emotions. It’s a great way of experiencing freedom when we are feeling confined or isolated.
  • Maintain a regular sleeping schedule. Nothing prepares us better to face whatever challenges a given day may bring, yet it’s often the first thing we sacrifice in times of distress.

If you need help call us at 303-617-2300

Resources if you or someone you know if considering suicide:

Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org

For Deaf + Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889

en español: 1-888-628-9454

Veterans Crisis Line & Military Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1

Crisis Text Line: 741-741

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Crisis Textline: Text TALK to 741741

In Emergency situations call 911

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