Didi Hirsch’s Pandemic Recommendations
The rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic has caused a public health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in 100 years. The health of our clients, staff and community is our highest priority. We have mobilized all the technology needed for staff to stay in touch with clients through telemedicine and teletherapy. We also have limited staff at each of our sites for current clients in crisis who urgently need in-person care.
We are closely following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on handwashing and have made adjustments so that staff and clients can maintain 6 feet from others whenever possible. We are doing all we can to stop the spread of the virus without succumbing to fear and panic, which can be as contagious—and in some cases as injurious—as the disease itself.
Widespread cancellations of sporting events, concerts and other festivities—outings that bring joy and meaning to life—can cause disappointment and stress. The lost opportunities to socialize, along with recommendations on social distancing, may exacerbate feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression in those who already live with mental health conditions.
Didi Hirsch offers these suggestions for staying calm and healthy during the current crisis:
- Rely on trusted primary sources for news. These would include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
- Consider limiting your exposure to news to a few times per day. Avoid watching or listening to reports about the crisis right before bedtime.
- Stay in touch with friends, neighbors and loved ones by phone, text or email.
- Make the most of family time, whether doing a jigsaw puzzle or walking the dog.
- Consult with a trusted financial advisor before making any drastic decisions about finances.
- Follow CDC guidelines on handwashing and other hygiene matters. Eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. Read a novel you’ve set aside or renew a hobby or fun activity. Go for a walk or a hike.
- If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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