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Protecting Mental Health in Era of Coronavirus

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, so does anxiety. Health professionals say social distancing, frequent hand washing for 20 seconds with hot, soapy water, and staying at home if you feel sick are especially critical to protecting the state’s vulnerable populations.
Tom Starling, CEO of Mental Health America of the MidSouth, said his group has noticed a slight uptick in the number of online anxiety screenings on its website, adding it’s important to find healthy ways to manage stress.
“A lot of people are asking themselves, ‘Am I going to have a job? Is my health going to be OK?’ There’s a lot of unknowns,” Starling said. “I would just really encourage people to stay connected with friends and family. Don’t just text… but talk.”
Starling said social media can feed hysteria, worry and misinformation.

Photo: Many employers have turned to telecommuting as a way to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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