Mental & Emotional Health (COVID-19)

DHEC continues to work with federal, state and local partners as it investigates COVID-19 cases in South Carolina. DHEC’s top priority remains protecting the public during this national and state emergency.

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Are You Feeling Anxious or Stressed?

While we reiterate the importance of taking daily precautions to prevent spread, we want to make sure South Carolinians are also taking steps to address the feelings of stress and anxiety that arise in this type of prolonged situation. To ensure that you protect your mental and emotional health:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about COVID-19 or other stress-inducing issues repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body: eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; get plenty of sleep; and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and participate in activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

In addition, please be thoughtful of how others are feeling during this time and reach out to them regularly to let them know that you and our state are here for them.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health have resources available to help cope with stress. Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources.

Anyone with concerns about their health should reach out to their healthcare provider or use the telehealth services provided by several health care systems. Also, for a free online health assessment, please see our listing of telehealth virtual care providers in South Carolina.


 

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