During the Coronavirus outbreak, citizens may feel varying levels of stress.
Stress can affect sleeping and eating habits, lead to health concerns, and result in trouble concentrating, according to a release from Prince William County.
Older adults, healthcare workers, youth, those who have a chronic disease, and individuals with mental health or substance abuse problems may be impacted the most by stress when there’s a crisis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Prince William County Behavioral Health Wellness Supervisor Heather Martinsen recommends reaching out to those at risk of suicide, who may be overwhelmed.
“Calling someone to see how they’re feeling would be beneficial,” Martinsen said in a release. Give them a call, Facetime with them – whatever you can do. Just say, ‘Hey, how are you? What do you need?'”
Many crisis intervention and suicide prevention resources are available.
They include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is 1-800-273-8255.
Read about other resources.
Talking with loved ones about concerns, exercising, and participating in activities you enjoy are among the stress relieving strategies the CDC suggests.
Members of the public can stay up to date on the Coronavirus by reading information from health agencies, such as the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Anyone who has questions about the Coronavirus can visit the Prince William County website or call 703-872-7759.
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