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Mental health experts share advice on living through the coronavirus pandemic

Federal health leaders are warning the isolation and daily focus on fear and death is taking a heavy toll on people.

Posted: May 22, 2020 10:13 AM
Updated: May 22, 2020 10:36 AM

CHICO, Calif. – Federal health leaders are warning the isolation and daily focus on fear and death is taking a heavy toll on people.

The coronavirus pandemic may be putting a heavy price when it comes to people's mental health.

Butte County Behavioral Director, Scott Kennelly, said they've seen an increase of youth domestic violence and substance abuse calls

"We hit our typical monthly number of calls for youth halfway through the month," Kennelly said. "So if we project that through the rest of the month and that continues then we can be seeing a 100% increase in youth crisis of calls this month."

But Kennelly said within the last two weeks, they have been receiving more youth crisis calls regarding "suicidal thoughts."

Kennelly tells Action News Now the best way to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress during the pandemic is to get outside in the sunshine and exercise.

"I think definitely just being out in the sunlight for 30 minutes and hour a day will help anyone dealing with their stress," said community member, Patrick Townsend.

Audree Hernandez is now a 2020 Chico State Graduate, she said she created a mental stress plan while she was studying for finals.

"I was studying at home and trying to work out at home, trying to be around family, message friends, facetime friends, lots of Netflix,” said Hernandez.

Kennelly hopes people use any available services around to get through this trying time. Kennelly wants to stress getting a mental health checkup is nothing to be ashamed of.

Butte County Behavioral Health is partnered with North Valley Talk-Line for anyone that wants to just have a conversation with somebody. That number is 855-582-5554, they are open 7 days a week from 4:40 to 9:30 p.m.

If you want to check yourself into one of Butte County Behavioral Health facilities, you should contact the crisis line at 1-800-334-6622 and they will director your call according to your case. They are accepting walk-in or phone calls and virtual calls every day from 8 am till 11 pm every single day.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 786168

Reported Deaths: 15016
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Los Angeles2607976353
Riverside566811153
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Orange520631128
San Diego44577760
Kern31379354
Fresno27668355
Sacramento21297375
Alameda20558374
Santa Clara20410296
San Joaquin19793414
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Tulare15599256
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San Mateo9522143
Monterey946767
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Merced8750134
Kings728377
Sonoma7060114
Marin6557112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer346641
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Butte274835
Yolo274754
Santa Cruz22188
Sutter164210
Napa161413
San Benito130111
Yuba11187
El Dorado10684
Mendocino84918
Lassen7310
Shasta68714
Glenn5503
Colusa5096
Nevada5066
Tehama4984
Humboldt4826
Lake46510
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2214
Inyo18714
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