SAMHSA’s Online Guide
Relieves Financial Stress
released an online guide, "Getting Through Tough Economic Times," to
help others not only identify individuals struggling with emotional
responses to their financial situation but to offer possible solutions
EAPs can promote.
turmoil can result in a whole host of negative health effects
both physical and mental. It can be particularly devastating to your
emotional and mental well-being. Although each of us is affected
differently by economic troubles, these problems can add tremendous
stress, which in turn can substantially increase the risk for
developing such problems as: depression; anxiety; compulsive behaviors;
and substance abuse," according to SAMHSA.
guide was created in conjunction with the Suicide Prevention Resource
Center, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of
Labor, Department of Treasury and USA.gov.
an employee, or spouse, has been identified or voluntarily seeks the
EAP for assistance, stress coping skills should be taught.
that economic downturns can be frightening to everyone, but that there
are ways of getting through them – from engaging in healthy
activities, positive thinking, supportive relationships,to seeking help
when needed from health professionals," the guide suggested.
Techniques EAPs can promote
to callers about financial stress are:
callers of the need to keep things in perspective, focusing on the
positives more than the negatives with a fixated stare on
tomorrow’s sunny possibility.
- Encourage callers to
strengthen connections with family and friends who can provide
- To relieve stress and
anxiety, suggest engagement in physical activity such as sports,
hobbies, walking, etc.
tip the guide offered was to become involved in community-based
organizations to increase the reach and effectiveness of counseling for
stress resulting from financial matters.
guide is a quick and easy tool that people can use to better manage
their emotional wellbeing. By helping people remain resilient, we can
help promote the overall recovery of our nation," said Eric Broderick,
D.D.S., M.P.H., SAMHSA’s acting administrator.
The guide can be accessed at:
Address: Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration, One Choke Cherry Road,
Rockville, MD 20857; (877) 726-4727, www.samhsa.gov.