The coronavirus, COVID-19, crisis has not only affect people’s physical health and daily lives, but now health officials are saying the disease is taking a toll on people’s mental health.

In the last few months, everyone has had to make certain changes to stop the spread of the coronavirus. From canceling summer plans to wearing a mask in public, the virus has effected everyone leaving a tremendous strain on people’s mental capacity.

These changes have sent a ripple effect causing many to practice social separation of friends and family, face unemployment or develop fear of getting sick.

The direct or indirect consequences of the pandemic has led many to experience anxiety, depressed or other mental instability. According to the latest COVID Impact survey, about 6 in 10 Americans have experienced anxious, depressed, lonely or hopelessness in the past seven days.

As May is Mental Health Month, both adults and children can be dealing with any strong emotions due to feeling overwhelmed or burnout from the pandemic. In Georgetown County, the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health is providing resources and health guidelines for anyone dealing with the stress of the virus. Health officials advise those who may feel this way to seek help or treatment on the issue. They advise people that are dealing with these issues to:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
  • Try to eat healthy balanced meals
  • Exercise
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs

If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 or the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health at (843) 546-6107.