SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – May is #mentalhealthawareness month and as the #coronavirus #pandemic continues, people are getting fatigued – which can lead to challenges with #mental and emotional health. Calls to #suicide hotline continue to be up almost 900%.
Dr. Heidi Hanna joined us on Good Morning San Diego to discuss easy ways to manage #mental and emotional #stress. She supplied KUSI News with the following information to compliment the tips she described on air.
Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.
Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.
Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space. #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle
What to look for if you are concerned about yourself or someone else?
• Watch for changes in behavior and emotion – extreme irritability, sleep and appetite changes
• Excessive use of technology to escape, can overstimulate the nervous system and increase comparison mentality (play games, but keep them non-violent, pro-social)
• Unexplained body pains, aches, digestive problems, headaches, etc.
How to shift #stress during these challenge Covid-19 times:
1. Pause – take a few deep breaths and try to get connected to this present moment and the fact you’re safe right here and now.
2. Take a break – turn off the “noise” in your environment, actual noise or information overload.
3. Prioritize self-care – sleep, nutrition, movement, social connection
4. Reach out – give and get support
5. Ask for help – if you feel overwhelmed or unsafe