Whether you’re an essential worker serving those in need on the front lines or have found yourself at home due to stay at home orders, we’ve all felt the impact of this pandemic in some way.
It’s natural for all of us to be feeling a little stressed right now. At a macro level, it’s hard to ignore the headlines over the past month on the skyrocketing cases of child abuse and domestic violence. On an individual level, many of us are grappling with a sense of grief- the loss of “normal life” and the comfort we once drew from regular day-to-day activities.
Right now, it’s easy to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with uncomfortable feelings and the stress they cause. At the moment, many, out of desperation, are turning to negative attempts to cope, such as drinking, overeating, and misusing substances. However, it’s more important than ever that we utilize our healthy coping skills to ensure that we’re at our best mentally and physically. Both to make it through this storm, and to be there for those we care about.
While there’s certainly a correlation between families spending more time together at home and abuse cases, stress and the inability to cope also play a key role.
In cases of child abuse, often times parents struggle with their own issues and lack the ability to parent effectively during times of increased stress. Additionally, while also playing a key role in child abuse, alcohol often is a precipitating factor in domestic violence incidents. For those reasons, it’s especially important for families to reach out and seek support if they’re struggling.
If you’re struggling, or know of a child or family who is, please reach out to us at 406-245-6539 or contact us through our website. We remain dedicated to supporting youth and families and continue to serve those in need of mental and behavioral health services during this difficult period.