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In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading to other countries around the world.
WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the Mental Health Department as support for mental and psychological well-being during COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here.
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Read this piece by Dr. Diana Spore about the importance of staying in touch with our seniors. Just because keeping a physical distance is important during this crisis, that doesn't mean we should isolate seniors from caring contacts. Read more here.
Breathing exercises are a great way to relax. It's useful not only for stress management but also for reducing blood pressure and minimizing hypertension as well. Box Breathing, also knows as four-square breathing, is a type of breathing exercise that involves inhaling to a count of four, holding air in your lungs for a count of four before exhaling to a count of four, holding your lungs empty for a four-count and then beginning the pattern again. Our friends at the Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Board created this simple YouTube Video that will help. Additional information about breathing exercises Read more here.
What Is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Schools and other gathering places such as movie theaters may close, and sports events and religious services may be cancelled. Read more here.