Stress, anxiety grows as unemployment rises and civil unrest continues

Local group can help anyone in need
Posted at 6:42 PM, Jun 09, 2020

Many in our community are experiencing stress and anxiety due to the rising unemployment numbers and the civil unrest across the country.

But as we look toward a rebound, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay answers local calls 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and has many resources to help you.

"You should be experiencing some stress and some anxiety. We are facing something that none of us have ever experienced before so those feelings are absolutely normal," said Clara Reynolds, President and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

Reynolds says if you're feeling overwhelmed because of the pandemic or the civil unrest across the country, limit what you're hearing and reading.

"If that is your source of stress, you may want to put yourself on a little information diet," Reynolds recommends.

If your kids are stressing you out, set boundaries, but Reynolds also warns to communicate with them before it's too late.

"I encourage parents to make sure that you're checking in with your child, ask your child how they're feeling. And then telling your child how you feel. You're modeling or teaching how you express your feelings from one person to another," she said.

But if you're still struggling, call the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay at 211 any time of day.

Their well-trained workers can help someone who's suicidal, struggling with substance abuse, experiencing serious trauma and more.

"We also have some specialty lines for veterans and first responders, as well as for parents of young children. As well as for teens and young adults, who are struggling with behavioral health issues," Reynolds explained.

And if you can't afford therapy right now? Reynolds says pick up the phone and call anyway.

"Many providers are waiving co-pays. They're waving deductibles. Here at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, we're going to work with you. We want to ensure that nobody who needs service is going to go without it. But at the end of the day, if you don't have anything right now, and you need that service, we are going to take care of you. Nobody in our community should have to face a crisis alone," she said.

If you or someone you know is feeling stressed, overwhelmed or depressed, they can call 211 and speak with someone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can visit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's website or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.