Wendy Martinez Farmer, Beacon Crisis Leader Nine years ago, I was driving home through Atlanta rush hour concerned I would not make it in time to pick up my 2-year-old from daycare. Traffic was heavy and I was already running late after handling a crisis at work. Suddenly, I started experiencing crushing chest pain that radiated down both arms and up into my jaw. Without much conscious thought, I pulled off the highway, turned into a convenience store, bought an aspirin, chewed it and looked at the store clerk and said “please call 911, I am having a heart attack.” Within seconds, bystanders who also seemed instinctively to know what to do stepped in to keep me calm and even contacted…
June’s history as Pride Month spans three presidential administrations, and its evolving official title reflects society’s developing views towards the LGBTQ+ community.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton first declared June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and later, President Barack Obama changed the title to be more inclusive, naming June as LGBT Pride Month. This year, President Joe Biden has extended the reach even further by declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
In the last video of our series, Beacon Health Options’ Crisis Solutions Leader Wendy Farmer discusses how behavioral health crises are currently addressed.
She also provides innovative solutions on how we can improve our behavioral health crisis systems.
The stress frontline healthcare workers experienced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond has been well documented.
However, less well-known is the effect the pandemic is having on a different group of frontline healthcare workers: mental health professionals.
People in America have shared that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health.
However, in spite of the many additional stressors that they felt in 2020, including social unrest, a tumultuous election and a declining economy, there wasn’t a corresponding increase in people seeking mental health treatment, according to the inaugural State of the Nation’s Mental Health report.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health is becoming well-known.
In a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 40 percent of American adults reported symptoms of anxiety and depression due to pandemic-related stressors. Social isolation, job loss, added parenting stress and general upheaval can all explain the added pressure.
Political conflict and change are normal features of life; however, recent events have elevated that concept to new heights in modern American history.
During these times of increased tension and polarization, conflict and change have caused many people to feel anxious and worried.
As we herald in a new year with a COVID-19 vaccine, our hope is a return to a life we once knew of being the social animals we’re meant to be.
For healthcare, 2021 poses the hope to refocus on issues that will continue to remain of utmost importance to the health and wellbeing of Americans in a post-pandemic world.