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This Week: COVID on Your Mind?

September 12, 2021
Dr. Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher talks to Illinios and Iowa TV station WQAD on coping during the pandemic.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — It's been more than 18 months of COVID-19.

"We knew there was going to be a lot of mental health related needs throughout the state that were going to be exasperated because of the pandemic," said Mike Lightbody, program director for Iowa Compass, a University of Iowa-based counselling team that mostly helps people with disabilities.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found two of every five of us have seen symptoms of anxiety or depression.

And it's impacting men and women equally.

"As Fall and Winter approaches, we need to be prepared to get back inside the house. Who knows what the pandemic will bring but those are the types of services that we want to kick back up again," said Lightbody.

FEMA has extended funding to COVID Recovery Iowa, which offers free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans affected by COVID-19.
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