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COVID-19 Strain: Healthcare Workers Increasingly Seek Mental Health Help

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen a steep decrease in mental healthTrusted Source across different groups, while new researchTrusted Source finds doctors are also reaching their limits during the pandemic.

Canadian researchers analyzed anonymous data from an Ontario database involving 34,000 physicians who had 50,000 mental health visits during the first year of the pandemic.

They found that 27 percent more Ontario doctors sought help for burnout and substance misuse in the first year of the pandemic than in 2019.

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Wildfires Can Cause Mental Health Damage That Smolders Years After the Flames Go Out

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Wildfires Can Cause Mental Health Damage That Smolders Years After the Flames Go Out

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 11, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — Melissa Geissinger didn’t believe she was in danger. But when the cat at the foot of her bed lifted its head to sniff the air, she felt her first stab of worry. She stepped outside her home in Santa Rosa, California, and there it was: the choking smell of smoke.

Then came the phone alert – the wildfires she thought too far away had jumped the highway and were heading straight toward her. Seven months pregnant, she grabbed both her cats, her two dogs and a few belongings and fled with her husband, blowing the car horn to alert the neighbors.

It’s been nearly four years since the Tubbs wildfire – one of the most destructive in California’s history – obliterated Geissinger’s neighborhood, along with more than 36,000 acres of wine country. In the months that followed, she had severe anxiety and panic attacks, waking in the middle of the night with chills. She sought counseling, but she continues to have anxiety from seemingly endless reports of fires that return each year.

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California Wine Country mental health needs explode in coronavirus pandemic

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Art therapy at Mentis at Napa in August 2020. (Facebook / MentisNapa)

While a vaccine may someday offer promise of easing the impact of COVID-19 across the North Bay, questions remain about whether the damage done to the mental health of its residents can fully recover after nearly a year in which demand for services spiked and government and nonprofits struggled to respond.

To begin to find solutions to this growing concern, Sonoma County voters last November approved Measure O, a quarter cent sales tax increase expected to raise $25 million over a decade to address mental health and homeless issues.

Backers say the revenue is expected to fund mental health programs such as emergency psychiatric and crisis services unit and related programs (44%); the county’s residential care facility and transitional housing services (22%); mental health services at children’s shelters, at residential care facilities and for permanent supportive housing (18%); behavioral health and homeless services for some 3,000 individuals, leaving 2% for capital funding of the county’s supportive housing pool.

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