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Peace River Center sees uptick in mental health calls during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 1:18 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 09:20:18-04

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — As the social isolation orders continue, calls to Crisis Hotlines continue to rise.

The Peace River Center, which is headquartered in Polk County, has a 24-hour hotline for people in need.

The nonprofit reports receiving more calls related to anxiety right now.

"People who are not normally anxious calling with anxiety issues which is fine, a normal response to an abnormal situation we're in," explains Kirk Fasshauer with the Peace River Center.

The center says during these times, it is important to not focus on COVID-19. Trust reliable news sources and take a break from the news.

It is also a good time to pickup a new hobby, make sure to eat right and go for walks to reduce anxiety.

If you feel you are in a crisis or need someone to talk to, call them anytime day or night at (800) 627-5906 or visit their website by clicking here.