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Universities notice increase in mental health calls amid pandemic

As we wait for election results and get grim updates on the state of the coronavirus pandemic....
As we wait for election results and get grim updates on the state of the coronavirus pandemic. A lot of people are feeling anxious.(PIXNIO https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/)
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 6:52 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Public safety leaders from The University of Iowa, Iowa State and The University of Northern Iowa talked mental health during this weeks' Board of Regents meeting.

“Our number in requests for welfare checks probably doubled every week this semester," said Helen Faire, Chief of Police at UNI.

“We’ve seen a definite increase in our mental health calls for service," Michael Newton, the Chief of Police at Iowa State said.

Scott Beckner, the Director of the Department of Public Safety at the University of Iowa also acknowledged the increase.

“We are seeing so much an uptick, like double the calls at the hospital," he said.

We spoke with a therapist who says she believes the isolation that comes along with the pandemic is leading to the increase in mental health concerns.

“There’s a huge disconnection that I think we haven’t had to experience before with having to second guess holidays, having to second guess seeing your grandparents and seeing your parents, seeing your chosen family in your friends," Says Hanna Williams, Therapist at Eastern Iowa Family Counseling.

She says if people are struggling it’s a good idea to reach out to a loved one to ask them to check in on you.

If you don’t want to talk to someone you know you can always reach out to a therapist where you can talk in confidentiality.

Foundation 2 has a crisis line if you want to anonymously call for help, that number is: 319-362-2174. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. They also have a chat feature on their website.

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