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Mental Health Resources Available to Help Adjust to ‘New Normal’

Tools to adapt to COVID-19-related fear and more

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Alexandria, VA – In its nightly email, the city continues to urge residents to stay at home, unless going out is essential. And when out, they stress the importance of maintaining six feet of distance around others.

We are all consumed right now with news of the coronavirus. We read about it on a daily basis and hear about it on the nightly news. So much exposure, plus the stay-at-home orders, can lead to a variety of feelings, among them fear, sadness, and depression.

These are natural feelings in a time of uncertainty. If you feel overwhelmed by everything, there is help. And it’s okay to admit it if you need assistance. For the first time in a very long time, we are all going through the same experience.

The city has compiled a new webpage of mental health resources for anyone who needs to reach out to a professional. Professionals can help address basic needs for people affected by COVID-19, COVID-19 stigma, and more. If you feel you are in a crisis situation, please do not hesitate to call Alexandria’s  mental health service hotline at 703-746-3401. Phones are staffed 24 hours a day.

We are in this together. We will get through this. Take care of yourselves, your family, and friends.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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