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Anxiety, Depression as Part of the Pandemic: Get Help, Virtually

April 17, 2020

The blend of fear and isolation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting social distancing guidelines can drop a cloak of depression and anxiety on our world that seems impossible to manage.

But, even though in-person visits and group meetings have been suspended to protect against spread of the virus, Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network (BHN) team is still working and available to help.

“All outpatient mental health programs – individual therapy, group therapy, intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs and psychiatry — continue to be there for you,” said Dr. David Bendor, clinical coordinator of the Youth Adult Services Medical Track at the Institute of Living, part of the Behavioral Health Network.

Dr. Bendor said BHN providers are using virtual health vistelehealth to treat existing clients, while also welcoming and admitting new clients for treatment through the video sessions.

“We invite anyone needing support at this time to engage with our skilled mental health professionals from the comfort and safety of their homes,” he said.

While Dr. Bendor acknowledged that virtual health is no substitute for traditional, in-person treatment, he said there are some advantages, especially during the pandemic.

“The other day, one of our patients was admitted to the medical floor and was on oxygen while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. Thanks to telehealth, she was able to join her peers and staff in her group therapy program for the day,” he said.

To schedule mental health or substance abuse services, including virtual health visits, contact your existing provider or the Behavioral Health Network “warm line” at 888.984.2408. Leave a message and you will receive a call back.