- Published: May 18, 2020
Thank you for your suggestions. It’s an important issue. We covered some of the mental health challenges associated with the pandemic here: Pandemic stressors affect mental health
The state of Ohio also launched a “COVID Careline,” a toll-free and confidential line for people who are struggling. The number to call is 1-800-720-9616. It will be available for Ohioans from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Calls made outside of that time frame will be routed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
As for your idea about assisting older villagers with online communication, it’s a good one. The Yellow Springs Community Foundation has created this resource to help people navigate one of the most popular videoconferencing apps, Zoom. That page is here. There’s even a form to request their help.
We’ll look into other coverage on this critical topic.