Return to normalcy from pandemic creates mental health challenges, local expert says

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PEORIA (WEEK) – A local healthcare provider said it’s getting more calls from people stressed out over the COVID-19 pandemic even though there’s hope that life will soon return to normal.

Dealing with the coronavirus led many to the realization they need help coping with stress, and they’ve reached out for help.

Christina Gerlach, a therapist with UnityPoint Health has seen an uptick from people fearful about the pandemic, from stress to uncertainty about the return to normalcy.

“We’ve done a lot of just normalizing those feelings, and I think people were relieved to hear that it’s normal to feel overwhelmed right now,” said Gerlach.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Gerlach said many are becoming aware of the importance of mental health while coping with pandemic-induced stress and fear.

The best way to combat the stigma associated with mental health is to talk about it, Gerlach also said.

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