Holidays During Pandemic Prompt Concerns Over Mental Health

first_img Business News Community News Community News Holidays During Pandemic Prompt Concerns Over Mental Health By DAVID CROSS and BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 3:46 pm HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a commentcenter_img Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  The holiday season can be rough on those struggling with issues such as loneliness and depression. But with this year’s holidays coming more than eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health experts say they are worried that the months ahead could be especially difficult for some.Physical distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and mental health professionals are urging the community to watch out for one another.“The holiday season often brings feelings of stress, sadness, isolation, depression or anxiety,” according to a statement issued by Pasadena Public Health Department Acting Social Mental Health Division Manager Erica Davis. “COVID-related stressors could add another layer to an already difficult time for those who are living with mental health issues.”Citing guidance from Mental Health America, Davis said it’s important for those feeling pressure to “identify what you’re feeling, acknowledge what you may have lost, avoid romanticizing typical holiday plans and practice gratitude.”Dr. Clifford Feldman, who serves as medical director for psychiatry at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, said the pandemic alone has already taken a toll on many people’s mental health.“It may be exacerbated by the holiday season, when people traditionally get together,” Feldman said.“The holidays can make people ignore the quarantine orders, and that would just prolong misery even further,” he said.“One of the hardest things is that the end of this is unknown. If we knew for sure that on Feb. 1st it would be over, people would be able to mentally check in and say, ‘OK, no problem,’’’ he said. “Some people, when they don’t know it’s going to end, think it’s going to never end, and then they can become reckless.”Feldman encouraged people to be mindful of the mental states of their friends and families.“You look for any kind of changes in behavior, attitude, and personality,” he said. “There are the basic symptoms of depression, where people maybe are not eating, or they are isolating, crying, tearful, sad, obviously suicidal thoughts, insomnia, things like that. So those are the things to not only watch out for during the holidays but at all times.”“People are really prone to substance abuse and overindulgence in the holidays,” Feldman added.Discussing mental health issues can be a touchy subject for some, he said.“It’s very difficult for a friend who doesn’t want to be too intrusive, but also may know that there’s a problem. So something as simple as, ‘Hey, are you OK? Is there any way I can help you?’ would be a good ice breaker,” Feldman said.Seth Wagerman, a psychological assistant at the nonprofit Rose City Center psychiatric clinic in Pasadena, also urged people to look out for each other.“I might also suggest the first avenue might be to see if there’s something you can do for them. Many people are cheered by having a card sent to them or a plate of cookies dropped off at their doorstep or an offer to take a socially distanced, mask-wearing stroll in a park in open air. There are things we can do to help our friends besides just sending them straight to mental health,” he said.“But to anybody out there who is feeling like they just need to hold on: Holding on doesn’t require you not to get assistance from somebody,” Wagerman said.Appointments can be made remotely, using telemedicine, he added.“I think this national depression is absolutely real for the collective unconscious, if you will. I think people will be struggling with this over the holidays and into next year, as well,” Wagerman said.“People are isolated and this is a time where they take solace in being able to see their family, maybe for only the one time that year that they get to get together with their family, and that’s not going to be happening. So I definitely think this is something that I would be concerned about,” he said.In addition to talking with others, Wagerman said that exercise is beneficial both mentally and physically.“Exercise is outstanding for raising immunity, and especially with people kind of staying in and gaining weight right now, making sure that you’re going outdoors for walks — which is fine by the CDC — or going for a hike or a jog or something,” he said. “It raises your immunity naturally and it’s good for you in a lot of ways.”Mental health resources available to local residents include the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Line at (800)-854-7771; the 24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255; and the Crisis Text Hotline, available by texting “LA” to 741741.Additional resources, including the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline and the 24-hour Department of Children and Family Services Child Protection Hotline, are posted on the Pasadena city website at cityofpasadena.net/public-health/covid-19-mental-health. 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Limerick Cathedral set for year-long 850th celebration

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” St Mary’s Cathedral AN anniversary programme is planned to celebrate and promote the role of St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick since it was gifted 850 years ago to the church by Donal Mor O’Brien, the last King of Thomond. One of the city’s oldest buildings, the Cathedral has been a site of Christian worship since 1168.The year’s festivities will being on January 30 this year and will celebrate and promote the Cathedral’s roles in city life including community, civic, cultural, educational, ecumenical, musical, sports and tourism.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Highlights of the year will include a visit from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and a special service of thanksgiving.Each month the Cathedral will highlight a figure associated with Saint Mary’s and there will also be a tangible dimension to the celebrations as each month will focus on a charity or cause based in or around Limerick.Cathedral Dean, Very Rev’d Niall J. Sloane said that “Saint Mary’s holds a very special place in the city of Limerick and for its citizens. It has been a royal palace – no doubt, a place of story-telling, feasting and celebrations.“Over the succeeding centuries it has witnessed unique events, welcomed countless people through its doors and marked key moments in the lives of Limerick people.“It has a unique role to play within all aspects of city and diocesan life. The central theme of our celebrations in 2018 will be opening our doors to all and forging links with Limerick and beyond so that we may echo the Christian message of faith, love and witness,” added the Cathedral’s Dean, who extended an invitation to join in celebrations. See more news here WhatsApp Email Print Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Previous articleBeyond the neon runesNext articleLimerick TD advocates for May referendum on Eighth amendment. Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement TAGS850th anniversarychurchDonal Mor O’BrienKing of ThomondlimerickSt Mary’s Cathedral Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLimerick Cathedral set for year-long 850th celebrationBy Staff Reporter – January 19, 2018 2306 Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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