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KGW Digital Q&A | How are you doing?

KGW's Cassidy Quinn spoke with Lines for Life Chief Clinical Officer Greg Borders and National Alliance on Mental Health Executive Director Chris Bouneff.
Credit: Ellen Boynton, KGW
KGW Digital Q&A | How Are You Doing? A Mental Health Check In

PORTLAND, Ore. — This week, our big topic on KGW Digital Q&A was mental health. How are we all doing? How can we cope during this pandemic?

We're in the middle of Mental Health Awareness Month. But we don't need to limit our focus on mental health to one month a year. Mental health is always important.

The three main topics that were addressed on this week's digital Q&A were:

  • How is everyone doing right now?
  • What can we do if we're struggling?
  • How can we help others who are struggling?

To help us address this important topic, KGW's Cassidy Quinn spoke with two mental-health experts, Lines for Life Chief Clinical Officer Greg Borders and National Alliance on Mental Health Executive Director Chris Bouneff.

WATCH: Digital Q&A | How are you doing? KGW's Cassidy Quinn speaks with two mental health experts

The following are some of the questions Chris and Greg answered during this week's digital Q&A. They also answered some questions sent in by viewers.

  • What have you been hearing from people lately? How is everyone doing during this pandemic? What sense have you gotten on how people are feeling lately?
  • What are the signs and symptoms we should be watching out for in ourselves and others around us?
  • What kind of check-in should we be doing with ourselves to assess how we're feeling?
  • One big issue right now is isolation. What can we do when we feel lonely at home?
  • When does that isolation turn into depression? How do you know when you've gotten to that point?
  • When is the right time to reach out to a therapist?
  • How can you find a therapist that's right for you?
  • What advice do you have for those of us struggling with anxiety right now?
  • What can people do to support friends or family members who aren't feeling good mentally?
  • What resources do the organization you both work for have for those who are struggling right now?

Resources

KGW's recent coverage of mental health:

Mental health resources for Oregon, SW Washington:

Past episodes

You can access all of the KGW Digital Q&A episodes on KGW's YouTube channel.

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