There is widespread anxiety about COVID-19, which is common in the case
of epidemics and pandemics. There are still uncertainties about this
disease which also fuels anxiety and panic. Current or anticipated
disruptions in day-to-day life, such as quarantine of loved ones who are
in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities, travel plan
cancellations or school closures, also fuels these feelings. Many people
are experiencing mood problems, sleep issues, phobia and spikes in
symptoms for pre-existing mental health disorders like
Social workers are uniquely positioned to help address the mental
health-related dimensions of health crises. They can help clients find
constructive ways to manage their anxiety, especially if these worries
are adversely impacting work performance, relationships, and daily
routines. In addition, social workers can help parents and guardians
communicate with their children about COVID-19 and allay anxiety they
may have regarding the disease and its impacts.
For training on how to support clients with anxiety, visit NASW’s CE Institute.
on NASW’s Help Starts Here website that offers consumers advice on
how to deal emotionally with crises such as the Coronavirus pandemic.