Experts discuss mental health care during COVID-19 and tips for 2021

HOUSTON – 2020 has been a yr we’ll always remember. The pandemic modified how we do issues and impacted individuals’s psychological well being, however consultants say there’s a lot to sit up for this new yr.

“I feel that this yr for many individuals has been extremely exhausting and emotionally and psychologically taxing,” Julie Kaplow mentioned.

KPRC 2 spoke to Kaplow. She’s the manager director of the Trauma and Grief Middle on the Hackett Middle for Psychological Well being.

“Issues have been very busy throughout the pandemic for certain,” she mentioned.

Up to now three hundred and sixty five days, Kaplow mentioned COVID-19 has created a number of psychological well being points for kids and adults.

College students needed to adapt to on-line studying, some individuals needed to work at home, whereas others misplaced their job. It’s been a tricky yr for everybody.

“We’re additionally seeing a number of grief sadly amongst a lot of our group members who’ve misplaced family members to COVID-19 and that is notably tough for kids particularly these that won’t have had the chance to say goodbye,” Kaplow mentioned.

Greater than 346,000 individuals misplaced their lives to the virus. Kaplow mentioned it’s time to place 2020 up to now and sit up for the brand new yr.

“You recognize having vaccines popping out. Having a hope of considerably a brand new regular. I feel is absolutely serving to individuals,” she mentioned.

It’s a brand new yr with new objectives and a special perspective.

“We’ve all been extremely harassed over the past yr and now’s the time to essentially care for ourselves,” Kaplow mentioned.

She mentioned going into this new yr focus extra on your self. Go for extra walks and train extra.

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