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Mental Health & COVID-19


In The Moment ... March 17, 2020 Show 775 Hour 1

South Dakotans are being asked to drastically change the way they live their daily lives. Children are home from school. Thousands of people are working from home. Health care workers are building capacity and learning how to take care of themselves while caring for us during a pandemic. Grocery store employees and others are working long hours opening boxes and filling shelves. 
The pandemic impacts everyone differently, but it is stressful for almost everyone. What about people who already struggle with mental illness? What if you've been diagnosed with OCD and have been dreading this scenario for years? What if events on the news trigger your PTSD, deepen your depression, or interrupt your mental health follow-up care.  
Today we talk about mental health in South Dakota with Malia Holbeck, Manager, Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Services.

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City