SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) — When Maria Rendon noticed her 15 year-old son was feeling down due to isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic, she immediately sought the help of a therapist.

“No motivation, the children have no motivation,” she said. ‘They’re isolated at home. They’ve had to do school differently.”

Saturday marks World Mental Health Day. From the pandemic, to civil unrest and the upcoming election, mental health experts have noticed an uptick in patients seeking to help deal with day-to-day issues.

“We know that a lot of people are feeling hopeless and helpless during this time not knowing what the future holds and having a lot of disconnection and isolation from others,” said Carolyn Levitan, crisis line director at the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.

Levitan said the center has seen a 50% increase in people calling for assistance and have added extra volunteers and staff to help folks cope with the stress 2020 has brought on.

“The CDC has recently reported that one in four teens is thinking about suicide, so that’s something that’s concerning for us, especially now that are kids are more disconnected,” she said.

Experts encourage people to reach out to their loved ones virtually or by phone and to try to stay as connected as possible.

Rendon said she knows people affected by suicide and is adamant no one should suffer silently.

“Therapy helps,” she said. “Don’t be afraid and don’t think that only crazy people get therapy. It helps.”

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255. Volunteers are available 24/7.

Comments (6)
  1. Victor says:

    Joe Biden has some real mental issues. Not one police union in the whole USA is endorsing him.

    1. Victor says:

      Kamala Harris came across as haughty during the debate while Vice-President Mike Pence was earnest and calm.

      I think Harris has some real mental issues.

  2. Audrey says:

    In the case of providing the necessary assistance, it is very important to timely detect the severity of the disease and – in life-threatening situations – prompt assistance to the patient. In all other situations, it is important to ensure that you get to the doctor’s appointment within a reasonable time, depending on the specific health problem. At the same time, they proceed from the principle that a person must receive the necessary medical service within a time during which his health condition does not have time to significantly deteriorate. This is important, my mother and I went to this clinic –

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