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Milwaukee County offers advice, resources for those struggling with social isolation

Posted at 8:58 PM, Mar 18, 2020

MILWAUKEE — Social distancing can lead to social isolation, which can be hard for some. That's why Milwaukee County is sharing resources for those struggling to adjust to a "new normal."

During this global pandemic, many should take part in social distancing. That includes at least 6-feet away from other people, or stay home if you have that option.

Schools are closing, classes are going online, and some of us are even working from home. We are mostly hiding away until this virus gets under control.

While this may be a challenge for some of us, it is also saving lives. The less interaction we have with others, the less spread we will see.

This social distancing, however, can lead to social isolation, which can make lives a lot more complicated than they need to be. Humans should interact with one another, so the idea of not speaking to people, or interacting with others, can be a hard task.

That's why Milwaukee County is offering up some advice and resources to help us all adjust.

They're reminding citizens to make use of technology. Facetime, Skype, call and text your friends and family. Just because you can't physically be with someone right now, doesn't mean you can't still see them and talk to them.

If you are out and about, remember to keep your distance, but also continue to say hello to strangers, smile, and hold the door for others (with an elbow or foot, of course, keep those hands clean!)

Milwaukee County recognizes that these conditions could lead to worsening depression and anxiety, so remember to talk to people. If you're not feeling the best, tell someone.

Also, remember there are professionals out there waiting to help. If you feel you need to talk to them, there's a 24-hour crisis line. The number is (414) 257-7222.

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