May 4, 2020
On May 3, Charmeka Newton, PhD, a licensed psychologist at Pine Rest Kalamazoo Clinic was interviewed by Selina Guevara from WSBT. The topic was “Social distancing takes a toll on those who are grieving”.
The changes to our lifestyles that come with social distancing can be tough on us mentally. More people are needing help with mental health than ever before.
Whether it’s grieving, anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges, therapists say not having the ability to be around people can make things worse because that’s normally a coping mechanism.
“It may be more difficult because some of the ways of healing have been taken away from us,” said Dr. Charmeka Newton.
“Grief comes in all forms, and they are all valid. Even if you haven’t lost someone, people can still be grieving the loss of a big event, like graduation. And it’s important for people to understand those feelings are normal, and they don’t have to compare themselves and their progress to others.”