Coping with stress amid the pandemic

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NEW YORK — Historically, pandemics have been associated with grave psychological consequences. People struggling with fear, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness.

And those are some of the factors being attributed to the current spike in suicides nationally.

Coping with both isolation and daily reports of mounting deaths is taking its toll on Americans, with the stress too much to bear for some.

It’s affected health care works in particular, including Dr. Lorna Breen and EMT John Mondello.

Health care workers are exposed to a number of medical crises and learn to cope with the stress, but the situation they face now is different than any other they’ve had to experience.

As of Wednesday, the Department of Defense is making its wartime mental health strategies available for doctors and nurses inside city hospitals.

Medical professionals we spoke with stressed that help is out there for those in need.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) . It is a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within your state.

For additional resources, click here.

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