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News Release, St. Mary’s County Health Department
LEONARDTOWN, MD (April 6, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic may cause strong feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty in our community. Older people, people with chronic illnesses, youth, health care workers and first responders, and people with mental health conditions may be particularly impacted by the stress of the pandemic.
The St. Mary’s County Health Department has created a Telehealth Resource Guide to provide information on local behavioral health resources (mental health, substance use, and crisis services) that are providing support through phone or video during this pandemic. Reaching out for help may provide relief and tools to cope during this stressful time. Individuals with pre-existing mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans and monitor for any new or worsening symptoms.
“Today is the start of National Public Health Week, a time to highlight the importance of health issues to our whole community,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “As we in public health partner with our community agencies and residents to face this unprecedented challenge, we must all remember to care for one another and for ourselves. Call to check on your loved ones and neighbors, and please share these support resources.”
For local COVID-19 updates and resources, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus – click on Mental Health, Substance Use & Crisis Support for more information on mental health and coping during the pandemic.