Loneliness Feeling Lonely?Don’t worry we’re here to help. 🙂 Try these steps !Here are some steps you can take to battle loneliness Learn More“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” – Henry Rollins Previous Next https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWNL7EClClo&ab_channel=Psych2Go This pandemic has required that we distance ourselves from others: 6 feet social distancing, quarantine, no large gatherings, and online interaction. Though we are all trying our best to get through this pandemic, it is important that we acknowledge the loneliness that comes with all these precautions. “Social psychologists define loneliness as the gap between the social connections you would like to have and those you feel you experience.”-Harvard Magazine You are not alone. Loneliness is not easy to spot in people. Though, many people experience loneliness and chronic loneliness. “If you’re on Mars and you have the most powerful telescope, that can look through walls, you can find all the isolated people on planet Earth…But you couldn’t find the lonely people” -Jeremy Nobel (lecturer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) Learn more Here Podcast – NPR (See Link Below For more Details) The first step in healthy coping is acknowledging how you feel. Taking note of how you feel is important because it gives you a place to begin working with your emotions. Do not minimize these emotions. These feelings are completely valid and you deserve space to express and work through them. A healthy way to cope with feelings of loneliness is to increase your feeling of connection with people and yourself. This poses many challenges during this pandemic however there are several ways you can try doing this: – Interact online with the people you care about. – Make a phone call or text a loved one. – Try journaling. You can find cool prompts to respond to or you can just let all your thoughts out on the page. – Become a part of an online community which shares your same interests. For instance, If you are a comic lover, try to find like minded people in forums, Facebook groups, twitter, etc.. – Reconnect with yourself. Take some time for your hobbies/passions. You can paint, draw, nit, read a book and so on. – Create a routine. Routines can help us navigate the day better and even get excited for activities to come as time goes by. – Celebrate yourself on good days, these are hard times ! – Breathing exercises can help with intrusive thoughts and rationalizing. When your mind is buzzing, slowing down and focusing on your breathing can ground you and aid in redirecting negative thoughts. – Try connecting with a therapist. Therapy can be done online now too. If you have insurance call them, and ask for a list of therapists that are covered. This can prove to be quite beneficial to your mental health. – Visit our Hotline tab to find the right hotline for you. How to Get Therapy During COVID-19 How to Start Therapy
How COVID-19 has disproportionately affected BIPOC COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Black, Latinx, and Indigenous populations. Below is a table provided by the CDC comparing “Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death By Race/Ethnicity” Cases for American Indian or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic persons are 1.7 times higher than that of White people . Hospitalizations for the American Indian or Alaska Native population is 3.7 times higher. The death rate is 2.4 times higher than that of the White population. Cases for Hispanic or Latino persons are 1.3 times larger than that of White people.Hospitalizations for the Hispanic or Latino population is 3.1 times higher. The death rate is 2.3 times higher than that of the White population. Cases for Asian,Non-Hispanic persons are 0.7 times larger than that of White,Non-Hispanic persons .Hospitalizations for Asian,Non-Hispanic population is 1.0 times higher. The death rate is 1.0 times higher than that of the White population. Cases for Black or African American,Non-Hispanic persons are 1.1 times larger than that of White persons .Hospitalizations for Black or African American,Non-Hispanic population is 2.9 times higher. The death rate is 1.9 times higher than that of the White population. Race and Ethnicity can help us better understand health risks and outside factors that affect the spread of Covid-19 and treatment like socioeconomic status and accessibility to healthcare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9XrMQ1s5N4&ab_channel=ABC7Chicago COVID-19 Infection Hospitalization, Infection, Death By Race/Ethnicity
What is COVID-19 There are many different types of Coronaviruses. One example of this would be the SARS Coronavirus or “SARS-Cov”. Covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. Prior to this pandemic, it was never seen in humans. The Covid-19 virus was first documented in Wuhan, China. The spread of Covid-19 has been rampant since the beginning of the year 2020 to present. As of January 21st, 2021 the CDC has reported at least 369,453 deaths involving Covid-19 in the United States. Covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. Prior to this pandemic, it was never seen in humans. The Covid-19 virus was first documented in Wuhan, China. The spread of Covid-19 has been rampant since the beginning of the year 2020 to present. As of January 21st,2021 the CDC has provided that in 2020 all deaths involving Covid-19 come to a provisional count of 369,453. Due to covid-19 and the virus’ contagious nature many U.S residents have been laid off because it is not safe to work under these conditions. Those who could keep their jobs have moved to working from home. Essential workers have remained at their work sites. It is important to note, some essential workers do not receive sick leave and may risk termination if they call out of work. This is all too common for those working low paying jobs. The result? Infected people returning to work and/or losing their income. Here is a list of essential workers who risk their health everyday yet often do not receive sick pay: Grocery Clerks Food Workers Delivery Drivers Warehouse Stockers Trash/Recycling collectors Child Care Providers COVID-19 Death Counts View this article for more information How to Protect yourself Wear a mask Social Distance (At least 6ft from others) Wash and Sanitize your hands often Wash and sanitize frequently touched surfaces Avoid touching your eyes,nose, and mouth Avoid Large Groups Pay mind to any symptoms you may experience Get Vaccinated ! Get Vaccinated
Unemployment Tax Break? Important Things To Know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LZglfeAtDU&ab_channel=FOX35Orlando The latest stimulus bills permits tax exemptions up to $10,200 for unemployment benefits received in 2020. This applies to individuals whose adjusted gross income is under $150,000. If you’ve already filed your taxes for 2020, the IRS will be issuing refunds in May. If you have not filed your taxes yet , you can claim the exemption when you file. Federal $300 unemployment benefits have been extended into September. Payments will begin in May and carry out over the Summer. A refund will be given or a deduction from taxes owed will occur. Under the new exemption individuals who claimed Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will be eligible for an increase in tax credit. You can use your 1099-G to find out what benefits you were paid and how much was withheld. Click here for more information
What are Eviction Moratoriums ? What are Eviction Moratoriums, why important? Federal eviction moratoriums created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention limits the ability for landlords to evict someone when a tenant is unable to pay rent. Eviction moratoriums are necessary during this pandemic because many people have lost their income as a direct impact of efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Without these moratoriums, thousands of families would face homelessness during a global pandemic. “The researchers found that states allowing their eviction moratoriums to expire caused as many as 433,700 excess cases of Covid and 10,700 additional deaths between March and September.”(CNBC,2020) Consider the individual and societal consequences evictions threaten: Homelessness perpetuates the spread of covid. (Homelessness is not an individual problem) From the beginning of this pandemic we have all been called to isolate and quarantine. When people are evicted from their homes it is almost impossible to practice any of these precautions. Some people couch surf – moving from homes of friends and family. This spreads the virus. Homelessness makes it increasingly difficult to obtain resources. With this in mind, people may struggle to keep up with hygiene, sanitizing, fresh masks, and more. Learn How Eviction Crisis Could Increase COVID spread
How COVID-19 has impacted Unemployment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpQlArEK4Pw If you are a Massachusetts resident you can apply for employment benefits here: Unemployment Benefits Click here for more information Click here for more information Unemployment has increased as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.However, there have been many struggles when trying to receive unemployment benefits. 1. Many people have been denied unemployment benefits. One reason is because every state has its own minimum requirements to qualify for government assistance. 2. Due to the increased number of job loss, unemployment claims have skyrocketed. As of January 2021 there have been a total of 965,000 people seeking unemployment benefits. 3. States have struggled to deliver benefits on time. “The reasons are manifold: In some states, it’s computer reprogramming. In others, application backlogs caused by staffing shortages mean applications from months ago are still languishing in the queue.”(Forbes Advisor,2021) This is also discussed in Boston’s Local NPR , GBH news,“address[ing] an unprecedented nationwide fraud scheme … may unfortunately slow the process of claimants receiving benefits”, The Department of Unemployment Assistance acknowledged. 4. There are a number of programs available right now. Making it difficult to figure out which ones an individual may qualify for.Additionally, slowing administrative processes. Your states own Unemployment Benefits (UI) Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 5. Though illegal, individuals face income discrimination when searching for an apartment or home. People have been turned away when searching for a new place to live due to their source of income being unemployment benefits 6. Some people will not be receiving money back during tax season. Contrary, many will owe the government money as a result of collecting unemployment during the pandemic.
How are Hospitals Doing ? Covid-19 has increased traffic in our hospitals. The federal government has been regularly gathering detailed hospital data showing how Covid-19 has been stressing hospitals. Pinar Karaca-Mandic, a professor at the University of Minnesota, has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services to gather this data. Together they have created the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project. “ In 126 counties, the average hospital is at least 90% occupied, according to an analysis of the data by the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project. The states with the most counties above this threshold are Kentucky, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas.” -NPR on data collected from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services A new data set is said to be posted every monday. If you would like to see data within your area visit: “Some hospitals try to operate at a pretty high capacity in normal times. But, in a pandemic with more and more patients needing hospital care that’s when things get a little scary”-Pien Huang, global health and development reporter on the Science desk COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project
COVID-19’s impact on mental health Covid-19 has the ability to affect the people who become infected with the virus and those who haven’t. Those who have been affected may endure the virus’ physical symptoms but also will be emotionally and mentally challenged. part of his challenge is the necessary quarantining in order to keep their loved ones or co-workers safe. This may cause feelings of loneliness, sadness, or even anxiety. It’s affect on adolescents Many students must attend classes online now.Large social interaction- once common for students- has now deteriorated. We must acknowledge these mental health challenges through different lenses. Many student-athletes are no longer able to engage in their sports . Some students use school as a safe space away from an unsafe home environment Students face food insecurity Difficulty accessing education HighSchool students must cope with the cancellation of prom and graduation. Counseling sessions must be done over phone or video calls. This pandemic has proven difficult for adolescents. Associate director, Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, Beth Marshall said, “One thing that is really important for adults is to remember to allow their kids to grieve over their losses. We should not trivialize their stressors or grief in the context of the larger issues playing out during this pandemic”(Marshall,2020) Click here for more information Have you heard of compassion fatigue? Compassion fatigue affects people across the globe. Oftentimes those who experience compassion fatigue are in a line of work in which they witness other people’s pain and suffering. Some examples of this are caretakers, nurses, doctors, and mental health professionals. Note, you do not need to be in these fields of work to experience compassion fatigue. Some symptoms of compassion fatigue are feelings of hopelessness, loss of motivation, burn out, anxiety and numbness. If you have time try out this breathing exercise! : Healthy ways to cope Healthy ways to cope when you are struggling: Mindfulness exercises are a great way to center yourself. One example would be breathing exercises. You can practice alone , use a phone application, or even follow a youtube video. Try it out ! If possible, go for a walk. Walking is a great way to relieve stress and get a change in your environment. Notice your surroundings. Use your senses to calm your mind. You can do this anywhere.Take notice of the scents,sounds,visuals,and temperature.This can help ground you Call a loved one. Sometimes all it takes is a conversation with those close to us. Talk about your day, what has been difficult today? Or you can just get your mind off things with a good laugh!