4 Ways to Cope with Election Anxiety, Backed by Science

It has been described as one of the most warring, garish and angry presidential elections in history. And it is taking a toll on our mental health. Among feeling anxiety and uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more than two-thirds (68%) of U.S adults say the 2020 presidential election has significantly increased their stress – a 16% increase from the 2016 presidential race, according to The Harris Poll, conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association. The A.P.A. recommends to “read just enough to stay informed.”

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the contentious election, here are some researched-based strategies that the APA says can help to cope with election anxiety.

  • Avoid dwelling on things outside of your control. Research has shown that ruminating, excessive overthinking, and repetitive thoughts can impair thinking and problem solving. Instead, distract yourself with meditation. Be aware of how much election talk is dominating conversations with friends and family and change the subject.
  • Focus on what you can control. Give yourself permission to take a break from the news and limit your media consumption. Avoid politics altogether if a conversation is likely to escalate to conflict.
  • Have a voting plan. Having a plan on how and when you will vote can help ease anxiety, and getting others involved will also promote follow-through.
  • Control your media use. If scrolling through social media and news channels elevates your anxiety, allow yourself to take a break. Instead, switch channels to something that takes your mind off from politics, go for a walk, or call a family/friend.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is open 24/7 for immediate assistance – 844-202-5555

Coping with Mental Health During COVID-19

Studies have shown the emotional impact of quarantine during other disease outbreaks and indicate that such isolations can lead to negative mental health outcomes.

During this extraordinary time of uncertainty and fear, it is likely that mental health issues and substance use disorders among people with mental health conditions will be intensified. In addition, pandemics have shown to induce general anxiety across a population and may lead to new mental health and substance use issues.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is open 24/7 for immediate support of mental health needs, and we have compiled a range of resources and information on coping with mental illness during the COVID-10 Pandemic, from blogs to webinars and resources within your community. We are in this together.

 


 

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Mental Health is on the Presidential Ballot, learn about each candidates stance

It is so important that we are all aware of our choices and educate ourselves to those issues that impact our lives; be it mental health parity, suicide prevention or positions on the Opioid crisis.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is here to encourage you to exercise your right to vote, to be educated to each candidates position, how it effects you and allows you to make an informed decision in this presidential election. Your vote matters, it matters for you, your loved ones and the future.

For more information on Presidential candidates’ positions see the link below.

COVID-19, Mental Health, and the 2020 Election: A Review of Candidate Platforms

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health is not a destination, but a process. Its about how you drive, not where you’re going.

“Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.”
 – Mariska Hargitay

We join you all in Celebrating Mental Health Illness Awareness week. Mental Health is as important as physical health – Fight the stigma.

How Educators Can Spot Depression and Anxiety in Virtual Classrooms

As the pandemic has driven us to social isolation, we need to be paying particular attention to when students are struggling with mental health issues particularly in this new Virtual Classroom world. It is important that we are able to recognize signs and symptoms of depression and suicidal behaviors in youth in this new medium; kids in need don’t always know how to reach out to let us know they need help, symptoms may present differently than in the traditional brick and mortar classroom.

Having said that, some adolescents do, and It’s important for them to know its ok to reach out for help, we understand, we are here to help. We wish to applaud them and honor them for the bravery that they have shown in doing so. Their courage is an example to others to let them know you don’t have to feel alone, we are here to help, just a Call or email away… 24hrs a day/7 days a week.

For more information: https://discoverymood.com/blog/educators-depression-virtual-classrooms/

September is Suicide Prevention Month

During these trying times of social and political unrest, climate change and Covid Pandemic requiring social distancing, many people are left feeling not only physically distant, but emotionally distant too. Social isolation is a contributing risk factor for suicide, this being Suicide prevention month, we here at Smokey Point want to encourage you to stay connected to your loved ones, reach out, and be that helping hand.

We are here 24 hrs a day 7 days a week with skilled behavioral health clinicians to provide support and free assessments to anyone in need.

Learn About Minority Mental Health Month

“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans… It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible.”
 – Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005

 

Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announce July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Albert Wynn [D-MD] and cosponsored by a large bipartisan group to achieve two goals:

  • Improve access to mental health treatment and services and promote public awareness of mental illness.
  • Name a month as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

 

About Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell was an author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and national spokesperson, who passed away in November 2006.

She received NAMI’s 2003 Outstanding Media Award for Literature. Campbell advocated for mental health education and support among individuals of diverse communities.

In 2005, inspired by Campbell’s charge to end stigma and provide mental health information, longtime friend Linda Wharton-Boyd suggested dedicating a month to the effort.

The duo got to work, outlining the concept of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and what it would entail. With the support of the D.C. Department of Mental Health and then-mayor Anthony Williams, they held a news conference in Southeast D.C., where they encouraged residents to get mental health checkups.

Support continued to build as Campbell and Wharton-Boyd held book signings, spoke in churches and created a National Minority Mental Health Taskforce of friends and allies. However, the effort came to a halt when Campbell became too ill to continue.

When Campbell lost her battle to cancer, Wharton-Boyd, friends, family and allied advocates reignited their cause, inspired by the passion of the life of an extraordinary woman.

The group researched and obtained the support of Representatives Albert Wynn [D-MD] and Diane Watson [D-CA], who co-signed legislation to create an official minority mental health awareness month.

Source: NAMI 2020, Learn About Minority Mental Health Month, National Alliance on Mental Illness, accessed July 1, 2020

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and every year the goal is to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness, as well as their families. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illness.

During this time of stress related to the Covid-19 outbreak, fear, anxiety and the need for social distancing can be overwhelming and provoke strong emotions in adults and children.

As such, it is so very important that we are caring for ourselves and being there for each other, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital stands with you. We can get through this together.

#youarenotalone

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital Expands TeleHealth for Mental Health and Addiction Services

Free Virtual Consultations are Available 24/7.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, the trusted choice for mental health and addiction services in Snohomish County since 2017 is now offering behavioral health services through telehealth. These are troubling times for people, both physically and mentally, and Smokey Point has expanded offerings to meet the needs of the community.

“People struggling with anxiety, depression, mental health or substance use-related issues can receive prompt help via telehealth from the safety of their own homes,” says Christopher Burke, CEO of Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital. “This immediate connection to a mental health professional is available 24/7 and is open to anyone.” The facility serves Veterans, Adults, and youth ages 13-17.

Connections can occur by laptop, cellphone or tablet online by visiting smokeypointbehavioralhospital.com or calling the facility directly at 1-844-202-5555. Individuals will be connected to a behavioral health specialist who will schedule a time for a private, HIPAA-compliant video chat and consultation.

During this time of home quarantine Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is committed to assuring everyone in the community has access to mental health care and services. Telehealth screenings and assessments are ways for anyone to seek and obtain the help they need.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital remains open 24/7 and our full range of mental health and addiction services are available. Free virtual assessments are available at smokeypointbehavioralhospital.com.

About Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital:
Opened in 2017, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital offers both inpatient care and & outpatient services for a multitude of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and postpartum depression. Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital also treat substance us disorders such as alcohol abuse, prescription drugs and recreational drugs.

The need for behavioral health facilities continues to grow in the United States, as approximately 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive proper mental health treatment. Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is trying to change that statistic as our staff works with patients and families to ensure they receive the care needed to overcome their current mental health or substance abuse struggles.

If you or someone you love is struggling with their mental health, please call us immediately at (844) 202- 5555.

Covid-19 Update for Patients, Visitors, and Guests

Update: COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

Prior to the coronavirus vaccine being available to the general public, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital will be providing COVID-19 Vaccination as soon as it is available to all front line caregivers and employees.

Once we are supplied with the vaccine we’ve developed an implementation process and are prioritizing distribution to front line teams and then vulnerable populations.

Until that time we are following State Department of Health Guidelines assuring all workers are wearing face coverings, good Hand Hygiene, and social distancing to limit exposure.

Safety is number one, we can get through this together.

For more information regarding Vaccine Distribution: Click Here.

 


 

We remain open 24/7 and our full range of mental health and addiction services are available.

We understand the importance of seeing loved ones receiving care, and we know the value visitors bring to our patients. However, given the concern about COVID-19 and the recommendations by the CDC, we are limiting outside visitors to reduce the risk of infection in our hospital. We ask that visitors adhere to these restrictions so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for everyone.

Effectively Immediately: We are canceling all visitation and non-essential onsite meetings and tours. We encourage patients and their families to communicate through phone as possible. Please check with the facility for any visitation changes before arriving at the facility.

When it becomes necessary to visit the facility all individuals will be screened for temperature reading and questioning about illness or contact with any corona virus patient. This includes patient visitors, deliveries, scheduled and unscheduled visits by anyone.

As we implement these safeguards it is also important to remember that each of us has a role to play in keeping ourselves and others healthy. Wash your hands thoroughly. Avoid touching your hands to your face. Limit close contact with people who are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Take care of yourself.

We thank you for your support in ensuring the safety of our patients and staff.

And, please remember this can take a toll on our mental health.  We will continue to provide a no charge assessment to help all ages through this difficult time. Call 24-7.