Description: If you have needed one recently you will have discovered that getting a medical check-up or even just getting an ongoing prescription renewed in these Covid-19 times can be a challenging, virtual, process. That is the case even with large scale health care systems (universal or not) already in place. Now considering that we do not have equivalent large-scale mental health care systems in place the task of getting a mental health check-up involves, at best, a chaotic cruise through a bewildering array of online resources of vastly varying and uncertain provenance. So, what to do? Well, take 30 minutes and listen to the podcast you can find at the link below where a clinical psychologist provides you with a psychological overview of what we are in the middle of and provides suggestions of things to think about and thing to try that can help you cope with your own version of the current pandemic experience. At worst, it will give you some better search terms and at best it may actually help.
Source: Speaking of Psychology: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 with Lynn Bufka, PhD. Speaking of Psychology, American Psychological Association.
Date: April 18, 2020
So, did it help? If you are struggling, call your local Distress Center and ask for information or other places you can call or visit virtually that can provide you with information but that can also potentially connect you to psychological or related support services. Most jurisdictions in North America have 211 calling services which is a service that will help you get connected to local services for just about anything you might need. Many jurisdictions have telepsychology services that will connect you by phone or other virtual means with a psychologist that cold provide you with assistance or help you figure out what will help. Just search “Telepsychology” online and check the most local links. Above all, notice that many parts of life are a bit chaotic right now and give yourself permission to be a bit weirded out (a technical Psychological term for sure!) and to be moving a bit more slowly and with less certainty that usual. Find ways to connect with others as that can help you find a bit of the old normal as well as help you work out some of the new normal and to adapt, which, luckily, is something humans are pretty good at. Take Care.
Questions for Discussion:
- What did you get from the podcast that you think you can use?
- What did you come away from the podcast wishing you had heard more about?
- What can you do to get more information about the things you found you wanted to know more about?
References (Read Further):
Maheu, M. M., Pulier, M. L., McMenamin, J. P., & Posen, L. (2012). Future of telepsychology, telehealth, and various technologies in psychological research and practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(6), 613. Link
Canada Crisis Services 1 833 456 4566 24/7/364 or text ‘Start’ to 45645 4pm to midnight ET, Quebec residents call 1.866.277.3553.
In the United States https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/ or call 1 800 273 8255
www.211.ca see the map or the drop box in the upper right corner of the screen for 211 service access near you (US too)