COVID-19 and Mental Health
Update: COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive at Lake Behavioral Hospital
Behavioral Health front line workers at Lake Behavioral Hospital received the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations this week. “This is an important day for our team and patients,” said Cindy DeMarco, CEO of Lake Behavioral. “We have worked hard throughout this pandemic to ensure safety for everyone in our hospital. This is just one more assurance that we are moving in the right direction with this virus. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the team at Lake Behavioral Hospital from providing the best in care for those who trust us in a time of a mental health crisis since the beginning of this pandemic, and COVID can’t stop us now! We are very excited about the benefits of this vaccine.”
Update: Lake Behavioral Hospital Update Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine
During the scope of COVID-19, Lake Behavioral Hospital has focused on safety. With continued updates on CDC requirements, federal information, state mandates and local protocols, our team has worked tirelessly to secure a safe environment for our staff, patients, and families. In the next few weeks we will be among frontline teams receiving vaccination supplies and vaccinations. As always, we will keep you, our partners in health and you, our families and patients updated on when this will occur. We are excited! It is one more way that we can make sure we are safe and our patients and families are safe as well.
Thank you for your continued support throughout this time. Know that safety is our priority.
COVID -19 has caused a serious economic downturn and tremendous social changes impacting mental health of all ages. This has resulted in an overall spike in suicide. In addition,
- 67% of people report higher levels of stress since the outbreak of COVID-19.
- 57% say they have greater anxiety since the outbreak.
- 54% say they are more emotionally exhausted.
- 53% say they feel sadness day-to-day.
- 50% feel they are more irritable.
- 42% report their overall mental health has declined.
With such impact on mental health it has become necessary for individuals to seek support for themselves and others. We are here for you 24-7. Making one phone call is all it takes to get the support needed. Call Lake Behavioral Hospital at 855-990-1900.
What are we doing to combat COVID-19?
Mental health and addiction treatment should not be delayed, and we are taking every precaution possible while continuing to offer needed treatment in a safe way to you or a loved one.
Lake Behavioral Hospital is following CDC guidelines, as well as that of state and local public health departments.
Every patient, family member, and visitor who comes to our facilities is screened for COVID-19 with a Symptom Questionnaire and by having their temperature taken. This ensures that people with symptoms of COVID-19 are recognized promptly and actions are taken to guarantee that illness is not introduced or spread.
Staff and patients are monitored daily for COVID-19 symptoms and are screened with a temperature check as well as the Symptom Questionnaire and are asked to stay home if they are feeling ill. Mask wearing, hand hygiene, social distancing, and environmental deep cleaning continues to be top priorities for us and occurs on a regular basis 7 days a week.
How does this impact patients?
We are committed to high quality, compassionate care, and that will not change. We remain available 24/7 to screen and accept patients into all our inpatient and outpatient programs.
What You Can Do to Prevent Virus Spread
- Notify staff if you have a fever or are feeling sick. The hospital may ask you to stay home.
- Notify staff if you have reason to believe you have been in contact with an infected person.
- Wash your hands often with either soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Routinely disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home (doorknobs, light switches, countertops).
- Follow social distancing guidelines.
- Wear a mask.