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Washing your hands and practicing social distancing continue to play a huge roll in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Although no harm has come from frequently washing your hands, the American Psychological Association advises that spending days or weeks at home with limited resources, stimulation and social contact can take a toll on mental health. 

 

Emily Flores, Program Specialist with the Big Spring State Hospital, told KBest News that people can experience feelings of frustration, loneliness, anger, or depression during this time. She advised that one of the most positive ways that people can cope with social distancing within their environment is by maintaining their routine and finding hobbies that will get them outdoors. She also encouraged people to use social media to connect with family and friends through video chat rather than meeting in person.

 

Flores advised that if anyone is experiencing negative feelings from social distancing, especially depression or anger, they should contact West Texas Centers, the designated local authority for mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities for this area. 

 

It should also be noted that the Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.

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