Covenant works to fill regional gaps in treatment of anxiety and depression
The pandemic has put added stress on nearly everyone. From the isolation of lockdowns to the economic fallout to concern over the disease itself, no one was spared from the added pressure. But that additional strain was even worse for people already suffering from anxiety and depression.
“Even prior to the pandemic, anxiety and depression were issues we saw in our outreach counseling center —and the pandemic has only exacerbated that
,” says Tavia Hatfield, Covenant’s regional director of Community Health Investment. “If you have someone already dealing with anxiety or depression, the pandemic made that worse in many cases.”
Covenant is combatting the growing problem by increasing access to mental healthcare through working with community partners and expanding our outreach counseling services. Tele-counseling has been vital to reaching people who may face barriers to accessing care. This can eliminate long drives and even hotel stays to receive counseling services.
In other parts of the world you don't have to ask for help; it's built into the way things are. Here, you have to humble yourself.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with mental health concerns, please visit work2bewell.org/wellnessresources. Please know there’s always help available whenever you need to talk to someone. Reach out to the Crisis Text Line (Text TALK to 741741) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to talk to someone who can help.
Even prior to the pandemic, anxiety and depression were issues we saw in our outreach counseling center —and the pandemic has only exacerbated that.
— Tavia Hatfield
Regional Director of Community Health investment
PROVIDENCE HEALTH & SERVICES Texas/New Mexico
By the time the patients get to ER, it’s a crisis, we’d rather people be able to get these services outside of the hospital so we can give them the tools to manage their mental health.
Tavia Hatfield - Regional Director of Community Health investment
COVENANT HEALTH & SERVICES Texas/New Mexico
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