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New Vista's COVID-19 Response
New Vista's COVID-19 Response
As the community mental health center serving Central Kentucky, New Vista is an essential resource for Kentuckians. We are open and serving our clients. We understand you may have questions about how we are operating with the rise in cases due to the delta variant.
Here is What You Need To Know
If you or a loved one needs mental health, substance use or intellectual and developmental disability services our 24-Hour Helpline is here to answer your questions, provide support and help you, call 1.800.928.8000.
New Vista is offering telehealth services
If you are a new or current client, we have doctors, nurses, therapists, case managers and peer support specialists ready to help you via telehealth. To set up a telehealth appointment or to change an existing appointment to telehealth call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1.800.928.8000.
For those clients who are coming into a clinic for your appointment, we are practicing all the recommended safety protocols. We are asking all people to wear masks at our clinics, practicing social distancing, frequently sanitizing our common areas and frequently washing hands.
New Vista is committed to serving our community. If you have any questions, please call the 24-Hour Helpline at 1.800.928.8000.
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
The outbreak of COVID-19 and the rise in cases due to the delta variant can be stressful for both individuals and communities. The continued presence of COVID-19 can cause fear and anxiety that is overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The emotional impact on a person can depend on their experiences, social and economic circumstances and the availability of local resources. People can become more distressed as a result of repeated images or reports about COVID-19 in the media.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic include:
- People who have preexisting mental health conditions including substance use disorder
- People who continue to respond to COVID-19, like doctors, nurses, health care providers and first responders
Reactions to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones who may have been exposed to COVID-19
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans and monitor for any new symptoms. Call New Vista’s 24-Hour Helpline 1.800.928.8000 if stress reactions interfere with your daily activities for several days in a row.
Here are 5 things you can do to support yourself:
- Try to avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
- 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 and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the ongoing crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
- Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
- Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking. Learn more about taking care of your emotional health.
Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared. Read this article from the Cleveland Clinic about children and the delta variant.
Not all children respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for in children are:
- Excessive crying and irritation
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and acting-out behaviors
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs
There are 5 things you can do to support your child:
- Take time to talk with your child about the delta variant of COVID-19. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.
- Reassure your child 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 child’s exposure to media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Help your child to have a sense of structure. Help them, safely, return to their regular activity.
- Be a role model; take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members and rely on your social support system. Learn more about helping children cope.
The information on the page has been adapted from the Center for Disease Control website. Here are links to more resources.
- Resources for Communities from SAMHSA
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health during an Infectious Disease Outbreak
For Families and Children