The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is the largest county-operated unit of its kind in the United States, working with 250,000 residents each year. Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director of Mental Health for the department, tells Inside the Issues a lack of physical contact during the COVID-19 outbreak can cause a lot of stress for those in quarantine.
He said feelings of depression or loneliness while sheltering in place are completely normal.
“For individuals who are staying at home - it’s really really critical to keep healthy routines. Sleeping, eating and exercising is very important.”
He said developing new routines, like identifying a new hobby or reaching out to people are great ideas.
“We have to maintain our connectivity as individuals with our network, reach out to others, and, frankly, as a collective, this is our biggest tool to combat the virus.”
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