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Coping with the broad impacts of COVID-19

Jun 3, 2020, 18:01 PM
The medical impact of COVID-19 is going beyond the virus itself. Skagit Regional Health urges you to seek help if you are feeling out of control, anxious, stressed or hopeless.

Staying safe at home means not only staying away from the COVID-19 virus, it also means following other healthy behaviors. Exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep are key.

Silhouette of man with alcoholWe are learning that the medical impact of COVID-19 is going beyond the virus itself. Skagit Regional Health clinicians have seen a three-fold increase in the number of alcohol-related visits to our emergency rooms. People are using alcohol, it appears, to help to cope with some of the difficulties and boredom of being out of work and staying home. People are drinking way too much and coming in with complications. These patients come from a variety of demographics, they are young, middle aged and older, men and women. They are presenting with withdrawal symptoms, stomach problems, injuries from falls and with suicidal ideation. It is important that we start a conversation about how to prevent this trend from increasing.

We urge you to seek help if you are feeling out of control, anxious, stressed or hopeless. Please reach out to the confidential crisis line offered by the Volunteers of America at 1-800-584-3578. 

The reason for stress may be very different for different people. If you are concerned about your ability to manage your children, your ability to meet your financial needs or if you cannot feed your family, consider contacting Community Action. Community Action offers services for:

  • Basic needs
  • Behavioral health referrals
  • Substance use referrals
  • Energy/renter’s assistance
  • Child care resources
  • Legal aid
  • Senior and disabled services

You can contact Community Action of Skagit County at 360-416-7585 and Snohomish County Community Action by calling 425-388-7200.

If you have lost a loved one or are experiencing loss of any kind, you may contact Hospice of the Northwest at 360-814-5550. Hospice is known for assisting patients with significant illnesses, but they also offer free support services for people coping with loss and grief.

If you need help, please reach out and ask for support. You can call one of the numbers listed above or message your provider through MyChart to request additional resources. Your health is essential. 

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Coping with the broad impacts of COVID-19

Jun 3, 2020, 18:01 PM
The medical impact of COVID-19 is going beyond the virus itself. Skagit Regional Health urges you to seek help if you are feeling out of control, anxious, stressed or hopeless.

Staying safe at home means not only staying away from the COVID-19 virus, it also means following other healthy behaviors. Exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep are key.

Silhouette of man with alcoholWe are learning that the medical impact of COVID-19 is going beyond the virus itself. Skagit Regional Health clinicians have seen a three-fold increase in the number of alcohol-related visits to our emergency rooms. People are using alcohol, it appears, to help to cope with some of the difficulties and boredom of being out of work and staying home. People are drinking way too much and coming in with complications. These patients come from a variety of demographics, they are young, middle aged and older, men and women. They are presenting with withdrawal symptoms, stomach problems, injuries from falls and with suicidal ideation. It is important that we start a conversation about how to prevent this trend from increasing.

We urge you to seek help if you are feeling out of control, anxious, stressed or hopeless. Please reach out to the confidential crisis line offered by the Volunteers of America at 1-800-584-3578. 

The reason for stress may be very different for different people. If you are concerned about your ability to manage your children, your ability to meet your financial needs or if you cannot feed your family, consider contacting Community Action. Community Action offers services for:

  • Basic needs
  • Behavioral health referrals
  • Substance use referrals
  • Energy/renter’s assistance
  • Child care resources
  • Legal aid
  • Senior and disabled services

You can contact Community Action of Skagit County at 360-416-7585 and Snohomish County Community Action by calling 425-388-7200.

If you have lost a loved one or are experiencing loss of any kind, you may contact Hospice of the Northwest at 360-814-5550. Hospice is known for assisting patients with significant illnesses, but they also offer free support services for people coping with loss and grief.

If you need help, please reach out and ask for support. You can call one of the numbers listed above or message your provider through MyChart to request additional resources. Your health is essential.