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A few days ago, we asked you how the coronavirus pandemic has changed you and some of you talked about loneliness, depression, and PTSD in your responses.
On normal days, taking care of our mental health is already hard enough; add the COVID-19 crisis into the mix and this becomes even harder. Then there’s social isolation and the added economic stress that we are under (unemployment rate is already above 15 percent as “nearly 17 million people filed initial claims for unemployment insurance over the past three weeks,” according to Brookings’ report). Experts say that during this COVID-19 crisis, “the potential for adverse outcomes on suicide risk is high.”
#DanielFurniss, 34, Takes His Own Life After Being Unable To Cope With Stress Of #Coronavirus Isolation #Topbuzz https://t.co/Tvu6K3YqXP— Silvermoon820 (@silvermoon820) April 4, 2020
But we cannot risk the entire population getting infected (just imagine the possible body count if this happens) and social distancing is the key to containing SARS-CoV-2 which is why now, more than ever, it is important that we take care of our mental health.
The Power of Social Distancing – this is why it’s so important! #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/dLRAeL7D7g— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) March 18, 2020
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), outbreaks can be stressful and everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. As we’ve discussed previously, some people turn to porn, others to food and sex toys, but there are also some people who go binge drinking instead. But we simply can’t just shake our fears and worries for our own health and that of our loved ones as well. Not to mention that our daily routines have been disrupted, so much that our sleep and eating habits have changed. We begin to experience difficulty in concentrating and we can hardly sleep. My friend’s officemate for one had gone MIA at work (they work from home now just like we do here on A4A). Her officemate thinks she’s going to die because of this pandemic so what my friend does is she talks to her through FaceTime every day. This brings us to ways in which we can cope with stress amid this coronavirus crisis.
CDC explained that taking care of ourselves, our family and friends can help us cope with stress. The agency also underscored the importance of taking a break from “watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media” because “hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.” We also need to take care of our body, get plenty of sleep, to exercise regularly, eat healthy, to meditate, to take time to unwind and do activities that we enjoy, and we definitely must avoid alcohol and drugs.
Further, CDC said that the best way to fight fear is to know the facts about COVID-19 and of course, to not forget to connect with others, to “talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.” In fact, some experts actually refer to social distancing as physical distancing because there are still ways with which we can connect with other people socially even if we are physically apart. Here on Adam4Adam, we can connect with other A4A members by simply downloading Adam4Adam Radar here to your mobile. And let’s not forget to check in with our loved ones as well by emailing, texting, and calling them.
Lastly, if you or anyone you know are having suicidal thoughts or are feeling “overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others,” CDC encourages us to:
- call 911
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
We can also check the following resources:
- the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
- You may also click here or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for more resources.
- US – Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 Available 24/7
- Canada – Trans Lifeline: (877) 330-6366 Available 24/7
- For the other Asian countries, click here while those who are in various countries in Europe may check here.
- For Adam4Adam users from other parts of the world not mentioned above, you may check out this, this, and this link.
For those-of-us-who-grew-up-in-time-of-war-and-Aids… we already learned how-to-cope and coping-we-are. Coping is a learning curve, sometimes, very deep; sometimes, shallow. Depending on the severity for why there is coping, the coping is either bearable or unbearable. Human Beings can and do adapt; It is built into our “Survival Instincts.” Society, however, can interfere and render the coping mechanism sometimes impossible as we humans are not islands. We need brotherhood and it is brotherhood who will support us when our spines weakens and threatens us with collapse. Corona is another “Litmus Test” of our survival instincts and if we listen to our inner… Read more »
BRAVO! Lessons well learned= survival skills.
I am glad that you acknowledged my post. I get accused of posting absurdities or conceits. I enjoy posting but behind my sense-of-humor-lies the truth as I know it to be.
I learned to survive during my years at The Academy and while I was in ‘nam. They served me well and you understood the truth behind what I wrote.
I appreciated your words as always!
No one is perfect on here, we ‘all’ sometimes step in the poo, that is to say, sometimes I feel like you’re tipping the glass, lol, as you write; love the hell out of good-red myself. I learned to survive the affects of my own country as I don’t have to go into that. So I’ve become so very well versed in African American hist., world hist., yeah, I’m learning from adversity, it has made me stronger, wiser, much more intelligent about the world at large. As to your opinion on this subject, I give credit where it is deserved.
Hugs & Kisses…
… I’ve hugged, kissed, licked, fucked, sucked, you name it; many “white bois-guys-men” for decades as they were lovers of mine. You seem to think I’m a racist… what most won’t, can’t, aren’t getting; I hate the “racist mind,” not the Caucasian type, period, just sayin’.
Pretty rich for the gay male community to talk as though they care about mental health. Life was already fucking bleak for me before this. I say, join the club.
exactly. the gays are a lost cause, there is no gay community
There is a gay community, it is however, too focused on casual-sex rather than finding someone to love. I came to see what a free-for-all it really is sexually, like pigs at a trough, mindlessly fucking and sucking each other’s health away, so you need a pill to stay alive. But that’s too much of the truth.
After reading your despair…I had to, once again, reach for my trusted, perfumed Kleenex Tissues!
May I offer you a solace?
Take a nice, circuitous walk within the La Brea Tar Pits…beginning at dusk… . You will enjoy the exercise and by the time darkness falls, you will have lost yourself and finally free of your misery!
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