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Struggling with drugs, depression or domestic violence? Help and hope are still available

May 5, 2020

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During the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, the headlines have—appropriately—focused on the direct impacts of the virus, the case counts, hospitalizations and social distancing measures. 

But lurking underneath these headlines are many other crises—problems that may have always been present but are now elevated because of the stress of the pandemic and the isolation so many are feeling. These may include: 

  • Substance abuse, including opioids, tobacco and alcohol.
  • Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.
  • Domestic violence. 

Fortunately, services to assist people facing these issues have remained in place during the pandemic. If you or someone you care about needs help, the following resources are available.

Our community is being challenged right now, but our ties are strong. If you or someone you care about is struggling, be brave and start a conversation. Help is available.

Ayuda, esperanza aún disponible para abuso de  drogas, depresión, abuso doméstico

Durante los primeros meses de la pandemia de coronavirus, los titulares se han centrado, de manera apropiada, en los impactos directos del virus, el recuento de casos, las hospitalizaciones y las medidas de distanciamiento social.

Pero debajo de estos titulares hay muchas otras crisis, problemas que pueden haber estado siempre presentes pero que ahora están elevados debido al estrés de la pandemia y al aislamiento que muchos sienten. Estos pueden incluir:

  • Abuso de sustancias, incluyendo opioides, tabaco y alcohol.
  • Problemas de salud mental, como depresión y ansiedad.
  • Violencia doméstica.

Afortunadamente, los servicios para ayudar a las personas que enfrentan estos problemas se han mantenido disponibles durante la pandemia. Si usted o un ser querido necesita ayuda, los siguientes recursos están disponibles:

Nuestra comunidad está siendo desafiada en este momento, pero nuestros lazos son fuertes. Si usted o un ser querido está luchando, sea valiente y comience una conversación. La ayuda está disponible.

Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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