Do you need to talk? Explore what resources are right for you.  

The COVID-19 pandemic raised new challenges for many of us and brought existing problems into harsh light. When we asked readers how the pandemic changed them, one of the most common responses had to do with feelings of loneliness. Our desire and need for human connection are normal, and COVID-19 isolated individuals in ways not experienced […]

How to talk with others about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Available in Spanish Here is the truth: COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe, and they work. They are highly effective at helping prevent hospitalizations and severe COVID-19 illness. Being vaccinated and boosted allows people to move through life with a semblance of normalcy. Unfortunately, there is a lot of false information out there about COVID-19 […]

How exercise impacts your brain 

Available in Spanish The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to be less physically active over the past two years, and that can affect our mental health.  When we exercise, dance, play with our kids, ride a bike, shoot hoops, walk to work or any other activity that makes our hearts beat faster, our […]

How to support LGBTQ2SIA+ youth who have increased risk of suicide

Available in Spanish. A 2022 national survey shows that thoughts of suicide among with youth identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit, intersex and asexual+ (LGBTQ2SIA+) have increased over the last three years. The Trevor Project, a national non-profit focused on preventing suicide in this group, surveyed nearly 34,000 LGBTQ2SIA+ youth ages 13 to […]

Understanding and addressing youth mental health challenges

It’s not always easy being young, but throw in a pandemic with the isolation, uncertainty and missed milestones that go with it, it’s not only hard but can lead to mental health challenges. Unlike adults who’ve had years of experiences that help develop coping skills, kids are still learning and growing. In his 2021 advisory, […]

Change fatigue: the feeling of ‘I can’t deal with one more thing’

It’s been said the only constant is change, and during a pandemic that rings doubly true. Nearly every day it seems there’s new information sparking new worries, raising questions and compelling us to make decisions. There’s no doubt many of us are just plain tired of it. There’s even a name for it: change fatigue. […]

Pandemic fatigue is real, and you’re not alone

We’re all tired. We’re all stressed, unsure of what lies ahead. It’s been nearly two years since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives, and it’s getting old. The result? Pandemic fatigue – a mixed bag of emotions and behaviors that leaves us feeling just not ourselves. It takes a notable toll on both our mental and physical health. We talked with psychiatrist and Oregon Health Authority senior health advisor Dr. Margaret “Meg” Cary about pandemic fatigue, its effects and what we can do about it.

Is it the holiday blues, or Seasonal Affective Disorder?

During the winter, the shorter days and lack of sunshine, coupled with the losses we may have experienced during the pandemic, can make us feel sad or even depressed. But how do you know if you’re just feeling the blues, or if it’s Seasonal Affective Disorder?

If the holidays are hard: Resources for emotional and mental health 

If you find it hard to fully enjoy the holidays, you are not alone. All of us are figuring out how to celebrate in ways that support our health, which is more than protecting against COVID-19. Here are some ways to support your mental and emotional health as you prepare for the holidays. 

Governor Brown, ODE and OHA leadership urge health and safety precautions this school year

Today, Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) leadership urged Oregon families to take five important steps to make the 2021-2022 school year a safe one. Make a plan to vaccinate all eligible household members. Wear a face covering in public and in […]