• Melissa Watson

Sometimes Home is Not Safe

Friends & Neighbors,

While we are all being advised by public health experts and authorities to self-isolate and stay at home as much as possible, it’s important to remember that sadly, home isn’t always safe for everyone.

In the United States, an average of 24 people per minute are victims of domestic abuse by an intimate partner. Altogether, that amounts to 12 million women and men per year. For those who live in abusive or violent environments, asking them to remain in their homes is putting them in danger — but there is help available.

If you or someone you know is currently in isolation in an unsafe or dangerous home situation, you can call these 24/7 hotlines for support.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) OR TTY 1-800-787-3224

National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Additionally, the risks of harm from this pandemic go beyond our physical health, but our mental health is greatly impacted too. On top of worrying about infection from the coronavirus itself, many are also experiencing stress surrounding the uncertainty of finances, the responsibility of caretaking, and feelings of loneliness. Being isolated for extended periods can exacerbate these fears and anxieties.

If you are feeling this way, please know that you are not alone. These emotions can be overwhelming and often make us feel helpless. But there are some ways to help us cope.

You can still take a walk outside and enjoy fresh air, as long as you are practicing social distancing and being mindful of safety precautions. And all over the internet, social media users are using a variety of platforms to chat online, play virtual games together, and develop creative ways to stay entertained and to remain connected with other people.

If you are feeling debilitated with extreme negative thoughts or feelings, or simply would like some additional emotional support, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a great resource.

NAMI Website - Support Page: NAMI Hotline: Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) Or Text NAMI to 741741 Please take care of yourselves and each other.

Remember that we are all in this together.


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