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COVID-19 & Emotional Health

Caring for Yourself After a COVID-19 Diagnosis

Dealing with the effects of COVID-19 can be stressful. You may be experiencing things you’ve never before felt. Recent research has found that one in five people who test positive for COVID-19 will experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia or other distressing symptoms within three months of becoming ill.

Know the Signs

Anxiety

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling tense or jumpy
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Anticipating the worst and being watchful for signs of danger
  • Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
  • Sweating, tremors and twitches
  • Headaches, fatigue, and insomnia
  • Upset stomach, frequent urination or diarrhea

Depression

  • Sad or apathetic mood
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Hopelessness or guilty thoughts
  • Changes in movement (less activity or agitation)
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Suicidal thoughts

Insomnia

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Not feeling well-rested after a night’s sleep
  • Daytime tiredness or sleepiness
  • Irritability, depression, or anxiety
  • Difficulty in paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering
  • Increased errors or accidents
  • Ongoing worries about sleep

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other mental health conditions are very treatable today. They can affect anyone, including children and adolescents. Most conditions can be treated effectively with medication, therapy, diet, exercise, and support. Recovery is possible.

Tips to Manage Mental and Emotional Health Conditions

  • Exercise
  • Keep a routine schedule
  • Eat healthy food
  • Limit news consumption
  • Connect with family and friends
  • Be mindful of alcohol consumption or using other substances
  • Schedule some fun or relaxing activities

For more ideas on how to support yourself and others during this time, please review the following videos:

Coping With Uncertainty During COVID-19

Helping Seniors During This Time

How to Best Support and Comfort Children

When Should I Get Help?

When these signs and symptoms last for several days in a row, make you miserable, or cause problems in your daily life so that you find it hard to carry out normal responsibilities, it's time to ask for help. If you recognize that your child may be struggling, it is important to encourage open conversations about what they are experiencing, provide empathy and support, and connect them to professional care.

Where Do I Turn?

Hoping mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, or insomnia will go away on their own can lead to worsening symptoms. If you have concerns or if you experience worsening of mental health symptoms, ask for help when you need it, and be upfront about how you're doing. To get help, consider these resources.

  • Carris Health offers appointments with a mental health provider without the need for a referral. Video visits are also available. View locations and contact information for behavioral health.
  • Call your primary care provider to ask about appointment options to talk about your anxiety, insomnia, or depression and get advice and guidance.
  • Contact your employee assistance program, if your employer has one, and get counseling or ask for a referral to a mental health professional.
  • For help in navigating the mental health system, for support and resources, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota 1-888-NAMI-Helps (888-626-4435) or Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health 1-800-528-4511.

Support Hotlines

  • Minnesota Peer Support Connection Warmline - Certified Peer Specialists to listen, provide support, and referrals. Call or text 1-844-739-6369 7 nights a week from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Crisis Text “MN” to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

24/7 County Crisis Hotlines

  • Stearns, Benton, Wright and Sherburne counties: 800-635-8008
  • Todd, Morrison, and Crow Wing counties: 800-462-5525
  • Redwood, Lyon, and Yellow Medicine counties: 800-658-2429
  • Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville, Chippewa and Swift counties: 800-432-8781
  • Isanti and Mille Lacs counties: 800-532-3333
  • Douglas and Pope counties: 701-364-0431.

Useful Apps

  • Insight Timer
  • CBT-i Coach
  • Virtual Hope Box
  • Booster Buddy – Designed for teens and young adults but great for everyone

Useful Websites