In tough times, know where to get help

Monday, August 5, 2002

Our emotional and mental well-being is just as important as physical health. But too often we tend to ignore this part of ourselves especially during stressful times. What gets our attention is when physical symptoms occur, and even then we may fail to give these warning signs proper attention reports Mary K. Warner, Extension Educator. Have you heard the saying, 'everybody needs somebody?'

This is particularly true when times are tough, because it's harder to take the initiative or the time required to nurture relationships. Family and friends usually provide information and advice, physical or material assistance and emotional support.

However, in times of severe stress, family and friends may not be able to offer the depth of help necessary. Mental health counselors, medical staff, ministers, and other professionals are trained to assist with problem issues and make appropriate referrals. Talking about our problems doesn't make them go away but it does help us put them into perspective. It gives us a chance to work through some issues with others as a sounding board. Sharing feelings also gives others a chance to know how we may need help. It begins the process of working together to build a more positive future.

For more information on stress management request a copy of the NebFact "Successful Management of Stress and Crisis" NF00-445 by contacting your local University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Office. In Red Willow County call 345-3390 or toll free at 877-674-6947. Other resources include the Farm Crisis Hotline at 800-464-0258

Counseling services that are available locally include: Catholic Social Services, 345-6734; Cora Berry, 345-1429; Counseling Professionals, 345-4076; Geraldine Brown, 345-2932; Lutheran Family Services, 345-7914; S. Gayle Lawson, 345-2650; Heartland Counseling, 345-2770; Midwest Center for Behavioral Services, 345-5333; and All Seasons, 345-4676. These are counseling services that are listed in the latest edition of the Southwest Nebraska Resource Directory published by the Child Advocacy Team.

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