Over 6,000 psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists have volunteered their time enabling Gov. Cuomo to announce yesterday the establishment of a free hotline.
These professional mental health care professionals are willing to help residents cope with anxiety, depression and the emotional toll of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
New Yorkers may call (844) 863-9314 to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional. The appointments, which are free, will be conducted over the phone.
Cuomo, who has discussed the emotional and social challenges of the outbreak during several of his daily briefings, lauded the mental health professionals from across New York who are volunteering to help others.
“I’m sure in their normal practice, they’re busy,” he said. “So this is really an extraordinary step by them.”
The effect on mental health is a concern, especially for those in the field. Anxiety could increase as the coronavirus pandemic received more attention. With social distancing and stay at home orders, the policies could have a negative impact on mental health.
The state of the economy could affect mental health, too. For people who are out of work due to the coronavirus outbreak, they may experience anxiety and depression.
“No one is really talking about this,” he said. “We’re all concerned about the immediate critical need. The life and death of the immediate situation, which is right. But don’t underestimate the emotional trauma that people are feeling, and the emotional health issues.”