As the community continues to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) outbreak, changes to our daily routines and social isolation can increase stress and be overwhelming. Fear and anxiety about a disease can cause strong emotions in adults and children. Our Behavioral Health Team is specially trained to provide practical solutions to individuals, parents and children to overcome this stressful time, so that you, the people you care about, and the community can become stronger and more resilient during these difficult times. Our Behavioral Health Consultants are available via phone or video to support you and your family from 8:00—5:30 Mondaythrough Friday.
To do our part in slowing the spread of COVID19 and increasing patient access to care, One Community Health will begin offering 100% virtual services to The Gorge Community beginning 3/23/2020. We are fully staffed to provide same-day virtual care for patients and their families across The Gorge. These virtual visits will also be free to patients during the pandemic. More information is available by calling our Welcome Team at 541-386-6380 or by visiting our website: https://www.onecommunityhealth.org/virtualvisits
People can Text ‘#talk2020' to 541-386-6380, or call directly to schedule.
Online scheduling is also available by clicking HERE for phone or video visits.
Please help to spread the word for these support services with your networks and to families.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Things you can do to support yourself
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
For families, there are many things you can do to support your child
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. Create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.