Expert shares tips on keeping a healthy mind while social distancing


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Hamilton Center serves thousands of consumers across 11 counties. With the impact of COVID-19, they’re finding different ways to interact with their mental health clients.

“We’re providing that outreach to consumers whether that be by telephone or telecommunications somehow, someway,” said Chief Clinical Officer Mark Collins.

According to Collins, this time of living in isolation can be problematic for anyone’s mental health.

“Not just problematic for individuals who suffer from mental illness or substance abuse, but individuals that don’t have those ailments. So it’s paramount to find ways to stay connected even though we’re isolating and practicing social distancing,” he said.

Collins said three ways people can work to keep their minds healthy is by maintaining social contact by phone or video chat, exercising on a regular basis and journaling thoughts.

He adds if you find yourself feeling anxious, don’t be afraid to find help.

“It’s important that we continue to serve those individuals who need our services so that our community can stay well,” Collins said.

Hamilton Center is open 24-hours with staff available on-site and through virtual resources, even through the pandemic.

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