Recognizing changes in your mental health: ways to cope, how to reach out for help

Not Today Covid19 Sign On Wooden Stool 3952231LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – When it comes to mental health, everyone has different experiences.

Due to the pandemic, many are facing a mix of emotions they haven’t had before.

These might include high levels of stress, depression, anxiety, isolation, and loneliness.

How we respond to these feelings makes a difference.

Health experts say it’s important to stay socially connected.

If you can’t see friends and family in person, try making time daily to call or text someone just to chat.

Get out and get active, even if it’s just taking a walk around the block; exercise can help clear your mind.

Another thing to try: breathing exercises.

There are lots of websites and podcasts that teach these exercises, so you can find one that works for you.

Finding ways to cope is important because just like physical health, everyone has mental health.

“For those people who may be noticing a change in their mental health, it’s especially important to reach out for help, because help is available, and we’re here to support individuals through this pandemic,” said Tim Blumentritt, Directer of the CARE Center and member of the La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative.

Blumentritt says he’s seen an increase in people calling the crisis line, which is good!

Don’t let stigmas stop you from reaching out, because your life matters!

If you need help or would like to learn more, check out the La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative website, call 211, or text 741741.