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COVID-19

An imperfect perfect storm: The effects of deferred behavioral health care

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We’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel as Americans start to get the COVID-19 vaccine. With it comes the hope that we can return to a life we once knew – a life of engaging with people – at work, at play and beyond.

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A COVID-19 vaccine: It’s about more than physical health

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The physical threat of COVID-19 is clear, which is why many Americans have spent the better part of a year quarantining and social distancing.

With time, it has also become evident that the pandemic is having another serious health effect: mental health challenges.

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Suicide and COVID-19: The time for suicide prevention is now

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Highlighting an interview with the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), Beacon Health Options posted a blog in September about the potential impact of COVID-19 on suicide rates in the United States.

The blog pointed out that suicide data from 2018 — the most recent we have on suicide trends — can tell us little about anything today, such as a reaction to the pandemic, making it difficult to inform prevention efforts.

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Managing loneliness during the holidays and beyond

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The holidays are upon us, and the irony they bring is the potential for isolation and loneliness.

Holidays’ essential identity is getting together with loved ones, but some people do not feel as connected as they would like or expect. In 2020, add COVID-19 and its quarantining dictates, and the potential for such feelings can strengthen.

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Taking a second look at suicide during COVID-19: An interview with the AAS

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Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that one in four Americans aged 18 to 24 had thoughts of suicide in the prior 30 days has mental health stakeholders reeling: How could the numbers be that high, even during a pandemic?

That question led Beacon Health Options to interview additional experts on suicide prevention.

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Yin and yang: Your introvert’s and extrovert’s happy return to school

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taught you a lot about resilience as you work from home, while also managing your children, and possibly even educating them.

Consequently, you’ve learned a lot about yourself and your family. However, there may be one revelation that took you by surprise.

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Yes you can: How to manage the very difficult

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For those people who are both working and parenting from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into the perfect storm.

Even during “normal” times, simultaneously being a spouse, parent and employee can feel difficult, and many may feel that they aren’t fulfilling those roles 100 percent.

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A pandemic and trauma: Helping those who are helping others

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The story of the New York City ER doctor who died by suicide has highlighted the stress frontline healthcare workers are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr.Lorna Breen did not have a history of mental illness, according to her father, but after caring for patients and contracting the disease herself only to return to caring for patients, it all became too much.

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Mental health and wellbeing: Knowing when to help a loved one

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The fear of the unknown. It’s a phrase we’ve all used, but during today’s COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a term that has adopted real meaning as none of us can be sure what the future holds.

We are living a true day-by-day existence, which runs counter to the human instinct to anticipate and plan.

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COVID-19 stress: It’s Ok to ask for help

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COVID-19 will forever be remembered for quarantining, working from home and generally isolating from the world.

Today, many of us sit in our homes, at our computers, with children to be educated, pets to be soothed and chaos to be tolerated.

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