OUR OPINION: You are not in this alone

Published 4:37 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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As we encourage everyone in Troup County to continue to stay safe, healthy and follow social distancing guidelines, we also encourage everyone to be self-aware of their mental health as well. 

This COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, although it’s affected everyone a bit differently. Everyone is experiencing different emotions, so we want to remind everyone to reach out for help when they need it. 

Dr. Kelly Veal, the owner The Veal Group, LLC, a private practice that engages in counseling, coaching and consulting, said this is a traumatic experience for everyone in the world. 

“Go easy on yourself,” Veal said. “Give yourself some grace and know that not every day is going to be great. You are going to have some experiences with depression and anxiety, and that is a normal part of dealing with a global trauma that we are going through right now.”

Those struggling with the traumatic state of the world right now may be experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness. And mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, can worsen due to the pandemic. 

There are countless 1-800 numbers available for free and 24/7 for those who may need a professional to talk to or to lean on for help. 

Among the free hotlines that those who may need emotional and mental health support can call are:

4The Georgia Crisis and Access Line, available 24/7, at 1-800-715-4225.

4The CARES Warm Line for substance abuse challenges.Ccall or text every day 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

4The Peer2Peer Warm Line, available 24/7, which provides peer support at 1-888-945-1414

4The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24,7 at 1-800-273-8255.

We want the Troup County to know that they are not alone, and we are a community bonded together as one. 

Do what you can to take care of your body, whether it is enough sleep, hydration or exercise. 

Focus on the future and positive thoughts. 

Even though a lot of us are isolating in our homes right now, it does not mean we cannot socialize with our friends. We can call, send texts, video chat or engage on social media. 

Stay connected with your loved ones and friends. You never know if one text or phone call could be changing the trajectory of their day right now.   

Stress is normal right now, but keep in-tune with your body during this pandemic to recognize when you have been pushed beyond your ability to cope. 

Don’t be afraid to reach out if you need it. You’re not alone. 

We are all riding this wave together as a community, and we expect that Troup County will come out of this strong and unified.