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Mental Health Has Taken A Toll During The Pandemic, And Reopening Brings Its Own Stressors. How Can We Cope?




Farrah Eaton embraces her daughter Elin, 11, while home schooling on March 18, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York.
Farrah Eaton embraces her daughter Elin, 11, while home schooling on March 18, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York.
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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, American mental health has been under tremendous strain— whether from the disease itself, or the economic and social disruption that lockdowns have wrought.

But after over a year of living with COVID-19, reopenings are not the golden ticket to better mental health. Many Americans are struggling with the trauma of losing loved ones to COVID-19. Others feel overwhelmed by the emotional whiplash of constant closures and reopenings, which may leave shaky trust in the institutions that make these decisions. Although vaccines are very effective, for some it is not enough to feel fully confident about resuming life as they lived it before.

Today on AirTalk, we’re discussing mental health during the pandemic and as we move into reopenings. What are you struggling with? How are you coping? Call us at 866-893-5722.

For more information on mental health support, LAist offers a guide with some resources available here.

Guests: 

Miguel Gallardo, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and licensed psychologist in independent practice

Denise Williams, licensed marriage and family therapist at Well Play: Social Wellness Center