Managing the stressors of everyday life is hard enough. Add the developments of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, to the mix, and it is certainly a time of unprecedented anxiety and stress for people all across the globe.
And, for the record, I’m stressed. I’m not having a ball, but I do know that we’ll get through this period of uncertainty.
Strong emotions are being felt by young and old, and while many Appalachia Kentucky counties have yet to have a conformed case of COVID-19, it’s still uneasy.
Our partners at the CDC have some great information on coping with the anxiety and stress of the moment.
If the stress and anxiety of this moment is overwhelming, there is hope, and there is help.
Kentucky Medicaid Managed Care Organizations have behavioral health hotlines. They are:
Aetna Better Health of Kentucky
Passport Health Plan
WellCare of Kentucky
Kentucky also has regional behavioral health providers throughout Appalachia Kentucky. Here is a list of providers:
The ADANTA Group
Counties Served: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCrery, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, Wayne
Counties Served: Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Robertson
Cumberland River Behavioral Health
Counties Served: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, Whitley
Kentucky River Community Care
Counties Served: Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, Wolfe
Counties Served: Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, Warren
270-843-4357 or 800-223-8913
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center
Counties Served: Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, Pike
Counties Served: Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Rowan
606-324-1141 or 800-562-8909
Remember, that we are all in this together. It’s ok – or even normal – to have levels of stress and anxiety. If it seems too much to handle, please reach out to someone for help.
Be aware, not afraid.