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DPH COVID-19 Update 11/6/2020

No matter what your age, everyone is feeling the impact of months of disrupted routines, concerns of physical health, economic uncertainty and the election.

  • Nov 6, 2020
  • News & Updates

Mental Health and Substance Use

No matter what your age, everyone is feeling the impact of months of disrupted routines, concerns of physical health, economic uncertainty and the election. Now, a new CDC survey shows older teens and young adults may be taking a hard hit to their mental health. The CDC survey found 63 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds reported symptoms of anxiety or depression. Twenty-five percent reported increased substance use to deal with the stress. And 25 percent said they had seriously considered suicide. 

Have you had COVID-19 and currently struggling with recovery? Behavioral Health clinicians at University of Missouri-St. Louis offer virtual psychosocial rehabilitation groups for adults who are in the prolonged recovery phase. New members can join each week, along with a family member to help support their rehabilitation if the individual wants that. This evidence-based rehab approach uses best practices for survivors of serious COVID19, including focus on a range of health behaviors and reducing social isolation (e.g., energy conservation and fatigue management, cognitive/brain health rehabilitation, sleep hygiene, increasing motivation and adherence for their ongoing physical and pulmonary rehabilitation, managing anxiety and depression). Our aim is to also help families understand what they can do to support a family member who is in the prolonged recovery phase. For more information click here.

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health also offers additional support for not only mental health but substance use as well. The COVID-19 pandemic, especially heading into the winter months, presents unique challenges for people with substance use disorders and in recovery. If you live in the St. Louis region and need immediate help for a substance use crisis, contact Behavioral Health Response at 314-469-6644 or 1-800-811-4760.

To learn more about opioid addiction, how to recognize the signs of an overdose and how to administer naloxone, visit the County’s Opioid Action Plan website, Opioid State Targeted Response website, or MO-HOPE Project website. You can get free naloxone from the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health at each of the following clinic locations.

John C. Murphy Health Center
6121 N. Hanley Rd. St. Louis, MO 63121
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

North Central Community Health Center
4000 Jennings Station Rd. St. Louis, MO 63121
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

South County Health Center
4850 South Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63127
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you or a young person you know is showing signs of extreme anxiety or talking about suicide, the following resources are available:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255

Crisis Text line: text home to 741741

Trevor Project: A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth 866-488-7386.

Additional Resources/Articles

ARTICLE: Nicklaus: Mask mandates aren’t just about health. They’re good for the economy too

RESOURCE: How Right Now is an initiative to address people's feelings of grief, loss, and worry during COVID-19. In conjunction with The CDC Foundation, partners are local, regional, and national organizations that contribute their resources and expertise to help people through the COVID-19 pandemic. Feel free to share this website and additional information can be found here

CAMPAIGN: Get involved! Wearing a face mask is one small act of kindness that we can all do for our community every day. Choosing to see it this way not only allows us to look out for each other's health and safety, but also reminds us to view everyone who wears a face mask for their humanity and compassion. For more information please click here or head to youwillseeme.org.