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You’re not alone, Oshawa

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With social distancing and self-isolation now commonplace, mental health is declining for many, and one thing everyone needs to remember is they are not alone.

A common factor leading to depression and anxiety is an inability to be social, even for introverts. So, with everyone currently practicing social distancing and self-isolation, there isn’t as much socializing.

At regular times, one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness, and approximately eight per cent of all adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

These numbers will only increase with less human-to-human interaction. There have also been reports of youths experiencing more physical abuse.

There is always someone to reach out to, whether it be a family member, a friend, or a mental health service, there is always someone.

There are several resources available to those in need just in Durham Region. This includes organizations such as Distress Centre Durham (DCD), where volunteers are always on call, or for seniors, help is just a phone call away at Oshawa Senior Community Centres (OSCC 55+), who will do weekly check-ins with some of their clients. For kids there is always Kids Help Phone

These are only a few examples of resources available right now, and while mental health problems will often leave those suffering feeling as though they are alone, The Oshawa Express is reminding them they are not.

It’s important for everyone to remember, whether they live alone or are just feeling they are right now, you aren’t alone.

DCD’s 24-hour crisis line can be reached at 905-430-2522, and while OSCC 55+’s offices may be closed, they can be reached at 905-576-6712. Finally, Kids Help Phone can be reached at 1-800-668-6868.