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Calls for mental health services continue amid 2020 election, COVID-19

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 17:32:21-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — In Tallahassee, advocacy groups like the Apalachee Center say calls for service have not slowed down following the election.

The CEO of the Apalachee Center, Jay Reeve, says that calls tend to dip around this time of year.

While they wouldn't say there's been an increase in demand, there has been a focus on anxiety related to the election and COVID-19.

Reeve says it's understandable that some are a little on edge right now, and reminds people to take a step back and realize it's normal to feel this way.

"If they're feeling a little edgier than they usually do, or even a lot edgier, that's called for in this situation," said Reeve. "It's important to give yourself a break, both from what's going on in the media and what's going on nationally but also from criticizing yourself about having trouble handling this. It's normal to have trouble handling what's going on right now."

Reeve says you should also keep in mind not to define people by their political preferences.

In such a tight-knit community like Tallahassee, it's likely some of your friends are on the other side of this election.

Those friends will be there after everything passes, so make sure you try to set your differences aside.

For more information about the Apalachee Center click here.