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Tips on identifying and responding to a mental health crisis during COVID-19

reined in all of us makes us even more vulnerable in the fight against kovat nineteen ninety-eight percent or more of all people who will eventually die of kovat nineteen are not yet infected they're going to be infected and they're going to be infected by touching their eyes their nose or the mouth with their fingers members of the psycho anomic society believe viruses are spread through basic human behavior like shaking someone's hand or touching a doorknob without washing your hands often said that we catch viruses from other people but really we give them to ourselves according to dr. James Pomerance at Rice University we can learn to change our behavior have a friend gently remind you every time you touch your face and reciprocate when you notice him or her doing the same one very effective technique is to occupy your hands otherwise another idea change your posture keep elbows off the table or sit in a chair without arm rests an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is the old adage the problem is we don't pay enough attention to that old adage in a world where our new normal includes incessant hand-washing and social distancing another simple way we can all help flatten the curve wendy Woolfolk NBC News all week we've been talking about how the kovat 19 pandemic has made taking care of our mental health more challenging but how do you know if these stressors are driving someone into a mental health crisis we spoke with the folks at the austin travis county intrical care there are some signs of a mental health crisis they say to be on the lookout for among them being able to sleep for it days at a time being unable to get out of bed difficulty telling what's real and what's not not engaging in any kind of social contact or indicating suicidal thoughts if you know someone showing those intrical care recommends checking in with them if you feel comfortable doing so a lot of times when people are concerned about others they asked let me or they say let me know how I can help we really encourage people to pivot from let me you know if I can help too what can I do to help what can I do to support you even if you are not comfortable reaching out directly you can call intrical cares 24/7 crisis helpline it's five one two four seven two four three five seven press option one for the hotline this is not just for people in crisis you can call and ask for emotional support or advice from a mental health professional highlighting mental health during the pandemic as part of our ongoing simple health initiative you can find more resources and tips at our website just go to kxan.com and click on simple health

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