‘Take Five’ Campaign Launched For Mental Health During COVID-19 Outbreak

Legislator Rose Marie Walker, chairwoman of the Health Committee. (Contributed photo)

As we enter the second month of social distancing and quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many people can start to feel isolated and disconnected from those they love. Elderly family members and neighbors can feel lonely, especially without any social contact during this crisis. Those who live alone may go days without seeing the face of another person, or without someone checking on them to make sure they are alright.

On Thursday, April 2, Legislator Rose Marie Walker, chairwoman of the Health Committee of the Nassau County Legislature, joined with the members of the Nassau County Legislature Health Committee and Jeffrey Reynolds, president and chief executive officer of Family and Children’s Association to announce the start of a “Take Five” Campaign for Mental Health in Nassau to combat this social isolation.

The Take Five Campaign, developed by the New York State Association of Counties, emphasizes the benefits of social contact via phone or skype or some sort of personal contact. The Take Five of the title refers to taking five minutes out of your day to call on a loved one, a friend, a neighbor or an acquaintance to check on them and see if they need anything and tell them they are not alone during these unique times.

While we need to remain at least six feet away when seeing another person face to face, the Take Five campaign suggests the use of the telephone, or video chatting tools that can simulate an in-person chat. These types of outreach are essential to keep everyone in good mental health.

“During this time of extended social distancing and quarantine, many can feel disconnected from society and those they love,” Legislator Rose Marie Walker, Chairwoman of the Health Committee, said. “Many people live alone and can go days without speaking to other people. Please, check up on your family and neighbors. Speak to your friends. Call people on the phone.

Human contact is essential to make sure we stay in good spirits and sane during this pandemic. Take five minutes out of your day for your mental health and the mental health of the ones you love.”

“Being isolated for a long time can cause some people to start to get stir crazy,” Legislator C. William Gaylor III said. “It is essential in these trying times to make sure others are handling this ok, especially those that live alone and senior our citizens. Please, take five minutes and reach out to your neighbors, friends and family, so we can all take on this outbreak together.”

Leave a Reply

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

What Is Catholic Schools Week?

Q: What is Catholic Schools Week?  A: Catholic Schools Week is an annual event, celebrated across the country that begins the last Sunday in January....

Re-Opening The Schools

Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools put students and families first In the mist of the conflicting information and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic that was prevalent...

Vaccine Top Priority For Curran In 2021

Asked by Anton Media Group to describe her hopes, dreams and aspirations for 2021, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran had no hesitation when discussing...

Still Kickin’ It

Post-surgical recovery during a pandemic With two totally reconstructed knees over the course of her sports career, one being reconstructed just over a year ago...

Milleridge Inn Hosts ‘Character’ Brunches

Events follow safety protocols and social distancing guidelines The weather may be cold outside, but the entire family will feel warm all over with weekend...

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.

x