MAYVILLE, N.Y.:--Living in a pandemic due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus 2019(COVID-19) may be stressful for adults and children and affect the mental health of our community members. Due to recent world events, there could be additional stress for people and further compound these feelings.
Stress incites different reactions in people. The impact of an emergency on one individual can be very different from the next. Talking with a mental health professional could assist you to navigate this time if you are feeling fraught with stress or anxiety.
“Connecting with other people by getting or sharing support is important,” said Carmelo Hernandez, Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services. “The past two years have been difficult for most and has challenged the mental well-being of many. By coping with our feelings and getting help when you need it, people can pull through and recover from a distressing event or prolonged traumatic experience.”
Some signs and symptoms of emotional stress can include:
- Being more emotional than usual,
- Having trouble keeping track of things or remembering,
- Feeling overwhelmed or on edge,
- Having trouble making decisions, concentrating or getting your work done, and
- Using alcohol or drugs to relieve your emotional stress.
If you are interested in receiving help for yourself or someone that you are concerned about, CCDMH would like to remind Chautauqua County residents that the following resources are available:
- Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline: 1-800-724-0461, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene Mobile Crisis Team (716) 363-3684, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, Jamestown: (716) 661-8330, Dunkirk: (716) 363-3550.
- UPMC Chautauqua Outpatient Behavioral Health Program, Dunkirk: (716) 363-0018 Jamestown: (716) 664-8641.
- The Resource Center Mental Health Services, Jamestown: (716) 661-1590, Dunkirk: (716) 366-6125.
- Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Support and Linkages: (716) 661-9044.
- The Chautauqua Center, Jamestown: (716) 484-4334, Dunkirk (716) 363-6050.
- Family Service of the Chautauqua Region: 1-888-358-3899.
- NYS HOPEline is a telephone support and referral line that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for treatment of addictions. Text or call: 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369).
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website www.SAMHSA.gov can provide additional information and resources for mental health care.
It’s national Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
More information about CCDMH’s programs and services can be found on their website, www.chqgoc.com/mental-hygiene, on social media platforms found @mentalhygienechq or at linktr.ee by scanning the QR code below.