With much of the country weeks into a lockdown, calls to the National Mental Health Hotline have increased by almost 900 percent.
The uncertainty of these times is resulting in a steep rise in anxiety and depression. For many, social distancing has turned into social isolation. Some have turned away from people and toward food, alcohol, online shopping, and pornography. Others are suffering from racing thoughts, sleepless nights, and irritability.
It becomes a trap. When we’re anxious and fearful, we can’t concentrate, our creativity and productivity go down, and it’s hard to see options. And, therefore, a way out.
I want to encourage you that there are answers for your anxieties. There are answers for your depression. There is help.
On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Dealing with Depression During the Coronavirus,” devout Christian and renowned psychologist Dr. Gregory Jantz is with us to anchor you in God’s truth and to offer practical ideas for coping with anxiety and depression during this uncertain time.
Our conversation centered around Dr. Jantz’s book, Five Keys to Dealing with Depression. We’ll send you a copy for a gift of any amount, but we’re making make it available to anybody who needs it and trust that others will take care of us financially for doing so. Visit our website for more information.
We also want to remind you that our counselors are available. We’d love to schedule a time for you to talk to them, get some starting points in having a conversation with a family member who’s struggling, or to find help with your own struggles. We’re a phone call away at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).