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Mindful Moment with Mike: Dealing with Anxiety or Depression

Posted at 8:22 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 08:53:54-04

With so much news about the coronavirus going around right now, it can be very easy to become distraught and depressed.

But our own Mike Brooks found someone there to help.

Experts say the longer this pandemic lasts, the more people will think that they are alone or maybe even forgotten.

And that is not good.

I spoke with Rebecca Hubbard with the Mental Health Association Oklahoma about one of her biggest worries.

She says there's a global collective level of anxiety right now, so everyone is experiencing a certain level of anxiety and distress, and that could lead to trouble.

Hubbard says, "Those that are already experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, those symptoms can definitely be exacerbated by these kind of uncertain times and restrictive ways of living. And that's one of the things I've been particularly concerned about is a potential increase in suicides. And so we definitely want to encourage people to reach out and talk to someone. Call the National Suicide Hotline, text 741741, just say help or need counseling and you will be immediately connected with someone."

She says literally text the word "Help" and they will get back to you.

Someone is always there 24/7 if you're thinking of harming yourself.

And remember, don't let social distancing turn into socially isolating because it's dangerous. There's a big difference in those two terms.

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