For most of us, with uncertainty comes discomfort and fear. And when that uncertainty starts to impact how we carry out our day-to-day living, the toll on our mental health can be enormous. For those who are already living with mental illness, the dire predictions, alarm and very necessary social distancing required to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 only exacerbates challenging symptoms and the sense of isolation. Many might be experiencing mental health challenges for the first time as a result of all that is unfolding before us. Feeling anxious about our own health and that of our loved ones, about how we’re going to get food, medicine and the things we need, about how we work, play and make plans during this time of change and isolation is understandable.

At Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, we believe that mental health is fundamental to the quality of every human life and we are proud that throughout our 75-year-history, we have remained deeply committed to promoting mental health and wellness for everyone. During this challenging time, our mission is more relevant than ever. As we settle into the changes that swirl around us, we have an opportunity to build a community of caring by tending to our own mental health and being intentional about reaching out to those who might also be struggling.

Here are just a few ways we can build this community of caring:

About The Author

Sue King is President and CEO of Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri.