Franklin James Cook

Economy Spurs Feds To Offer Advice on Health, Coping Skills

In Prevention on April 2, 2009 at 6:20 am

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a web page titled “Getting Through Tough Economic Times,” which, according to an agency news release, “provides practical advice on identifying health concerns, developing coping skills, and finding help.”

The guide … provides individuals and communities with practical steps that can be used to get through these tough periods and achieve restored health and productivity. In particular the guide provides … Important information on identifying the warning signs of depression, suicidal thinking, and other serious mental illnesses … Effective steps to help manage emotional distress, such as through exercise, strengthening connections with family and friends, and developing new job skills … [and] Resources for getting help — such as the National Mental Health Information Center … and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline [at] 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for those in crisis.

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  1. It would be great if there was also a resource for people to obtain peer support and offer mutual support. Many times, such as in the case of job loss, the type of empathy that peers can offer simply cannot be replicated by professionals who (obviously) still have a job.

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