‘COVID fatigue’: Are folks slacking off in the fight? 
Tired of wearing a mask in public places? Do you ever forget to take one along when you go out? Are you weary of social distancing with friends and family members? Is your hand-washing getting less frequent and a little less thorough? These may be signs that weariness with... Read more
Worrisome budget cuts ahead for the state’s health programs
The five support centers for people with mental health problems provide a good financial return for Georgia, their leaders say. The centers, funded by the state,  prevent hospitalizations in state facilities, which can cost $600 a day, and offer other services for thousands of Georgians, says the Georgia Mental... Read more
Budget cuts for mental health, disabilities alarm patient advocates
“The safety net is stretched to the max.’’ Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the agency that oversees mental health and substance abuse services, gave that stark assessment in January to state legislators who were considering budget cuts to her department. Now, even deeper cuts are on the table. Georgia’s budget... Read more
Living with anxiety amid fallout from a pandemic
By Naomi Thomas and Andy Miller Becca loved her job in the travel-and-tourism industry, but few industries have been so thoroughly decimated during the COVID-19 pandemic. A 31-year-old metro Atlanta resident, Becca watched helplessly this year as the devastation deepened, and it eventually reached her company. She was furloughed... Read more
Commentary: Don’t forget mental health
There’s no question that the COVID-19 emergency is getting on people’s nerves. They’re worried and often scared, uncertain of what will come next. In a new GHN Commentary, Jack Bernard and Dr. Doug Skelton remind us that the psychological pressure we feel is understandable. Big disruptions in life cause stress, and... Read more

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