Millions of people struggle with mental health issues every day. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness.
Mental health issues have only been aggravated during COVID-19. Sometimes it can feel challenging to determine whether or not you’re experiencing mental health issues or just feeling weird because of the state of the world.
You could be a nurse who has felt stressed and anxious. Maybe you’ve never addressed some underlying issues, and the pandemic has brought it up. Or perhaps you’re a recent college graduate, and you’ve experienced some impulsivity or an increase in substance use.
If you feel like you’re just stressed with the state of the world and need some calming applications, here are a few:
- Headspace – This is a mindfulness app dedicated to helping people deal with stress and finding inner peace.
- Calm: This app provides users with the ability to participate in guided meditations and sleep stories, among other things.
- Insight Timer: #1 free app for stress, anxiety, and sleep
- The Mindfulness App: For those looking for a more relaxed, healthier state of mind.
- Happy Not Perfect: Gives you specific meditation tips that can help you center yourself.
How to Know if You Have a Mental Illness
It’s essential to determine the difference between normal reactions to dealing with issues and whether someone has an acute mental problem. Now, the best person to diagnose a mental health condition is a doctor or psychiatrist.
We are providing some warning signs and resources for nurses and people who are experiencing mental health issues.
Though each mental illness has its unique symptoms, there are some common signs that adults and adolescents share according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
- Excessive worrying or fear
- Feelings of excessive sadness
- Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
- Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs,” or feelings of euphoria, to extreme lows
- Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
- Overuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs of a mental health issue, please, reach out to a medical professional. If you need immediate help, call 911.
Mental Health Resources and Apps
Additionally, there are several resources for people who need them. Some of these are for nurses specifically, and some are for the general public.
Mental Health & Stress Resources
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association: Managing Stress & Self Care during COVID-19 information for nurses
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: This organization does a great job of providing resources that can improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses along with their families.
- OSU 8 week online series: Staying Calm and Well in the Midst of the COVID-19 Storm: provides practical, evidence-based tactics for managing stress during COVID-19.
- https://www.talkspace.com/blog/coronavirus-talkspace-donation-healthcare-workers/: This app gives individuals the ability to connect with licensed therapists through the website or mobile app.
- PTSD Coach : This app was designed for veterans and military service members who have PTSD. It provides information about PTSD, including treatment and management strategies. It also includes a self-assessment tool. It’s available for free on iOS and Android devices.
- American Psychological Association: This website is a clearinghouse for psychologists by state and multiple hotlines including:
- National Suicide Prevention Line (800) 273-8255: This provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. They also offer prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. There is also a chat option on their website.
- Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741
- Alcoholics Anonymous: (202) 966-9155
- Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255