During these uncertain times, it is especially important to practice introspection and utilize the resources around us. For some, this might come naturally and easy and for others the thought of a broken routine has jolted the world into chaos. Nothing makes sense, tension is up and social distancing has turned into a punishment. Usually, during times of crisis we urge individuals to go visit their local mental health centers and work through the problems with a team of professionals. Well, it was only during a pandemic that we have been able to see the privilege we are afforded by physically being present with a therapist. This transition to tele-health has brought forth a plethora of new experiences and logistical considerations.
Mental health professionals have had to collectively shift their clinical structure onto online platforms in order to continue serving their clients. The one platform I want to highlight is the use of a national crisis text line. This support line is used to serve anyone in the United States experiencing a crisis through a text message medium. Understandably, this text line has seen an increase in texters reaching out for help with covid-19-related concerns. In one of their recent blogs tracking the makeup of their texters as well as the different coping strategies they have found themselves doing during self-isolation. For example, more 18-34 and 44-55-year-olds have been reaching out for help after the influx of covid-19 repercussions. Even though this is expected to happen due to the limitations set out on how we are allowed to interact, crisis text line volunteers have ramped up their outreach and have been fighting hard on the mental health frontlines.
Despite these higher than normal numbers, individuals going through this isolation alone have found themselves sleeping, doing yoga and eating fruits and vegetables more often than their non-single counterparts. This speaks volumes about the strength these individuals have during tough times and the resources they use to get them through. Individuals have had to adjust their normal self-care routines and adapt to the space they find themselves in during quarantine. Others have had to reflect on the importance of priorities and learn new habits to keep themselves going. Regardless, it is important to keep in mind that everyone’s mental strength is different and it is up to us to check-in on our loved ones and support other’s concerns. Each day is experienced differently and each is considered valid. These difficult days reveal the courage we have and the power we have when we work as one.
Lublin, N. (2020, April 2). Notes on Coronavirus: How is America Feeling? Part 3. Crisis Text Line. https://www.crisistextline.org/data/notes-on-coronavirus-how-is-america-feeling-part-