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PODCAST! WC psychologist on mental health during the pandemic

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Dr. B talks with Jessica Rhodes, clinical psychologist and member of the Westminster College Psychology department, about how people can best deal

Jessica Rhodes

with the stress of the Corona Virus Pandemic.

On Tuesday, a coalition of the nation’s leading mental health advocacy groups, insurance companies, and the Department of Veterans Affairs announcese the launch of the COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub.  It's package of free digital resources to help individuals and providers address mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of every American,” said former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, co-founder of Psych Hub and founder of The Kennedy Forum. “We hope that by pushing these free tools out as widely as possible, we can empower individuals, families, and health providers to prioritize mental health and take necessary actions when needed. Connectedness and support for one another will get us through this.”

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The novel coronavirus is already having a detrimental impact on mental health: 63 percent of respondents to a recent McKinsey survey reported feeling anxious or depressed in the past week, and 80 percent of respondents reported experiencing moderate to high distress related to COVID-19. Suicide hotlines are fielding more and more calls every day. Additionally, a recent survey from China showed that over 70 percent of their healthcare workforce was experiencing some form of psychological distress. Amid this fear and uncertainty, the partners of the COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub have made a careful effort to curate information to show we aren’t in this fight alone.

“Health care providers and support staff are at the vanguard of this fight and may feel strained by the needs of those who rely on their care,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., CEO of the American Psychological Association. “The COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub was designed for them as well as for individuals. We have worked to ensure that our resources include information to support the mental wellness of health care professionals and others working on the front lines in communities across the country.”

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