The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in truly unprecedented ways. Both physically and mentally, the impact it has had on all of us can’t be denied – and that certainly rings true for those who have had COVID, thankfully recovered, but who are still feeling the lingering effects of the virus.
We commonly refer to these individuals as COVID longhaulers. They often struggle with getting back to full strength following their battle with coronavirus. Shortness of breath, continued fatigue, brain fog, mental health issues and a host of other lingering effects are still experienced. Prior to contracting COVID, these individuals were active and healthy, participated in competitive sports, ran marathons and took care of their communities. Now, simple activities have become difficult tasks as symptoms are still hanging around several weeks or months later.
To fully recover, we know additional support may be needed. We’re happy to say that Bristol Health is here to provide that extra help in regaining the happy and healthy life that was experienced pre-COVID. We invite anyone dealing with issues surrounding coronavirus to join us in our COVID Support Group.
The goal of the Support Group is to provide an opportunity for people to share their personal experiences and feelings, learn about coping strategies and to receive information about the resources that are available. There’s no pressure to share. We welcome you to come and listen as simply being around others who are going through something similar and hearing their stories can help!
There is a special guest speaker and free refreshments as well.
The next meeting is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 4-5pm. It meets in the Hughes Auditorium at Bristol Hospital. Lisa Coates, LCSW will be the session’s guest speaker to talk about the effects COVID has on your mental health.
The mind is the perfect place to start recovery. When your mental health is in a good place, you can then focus your attention on the lingering physical effects COVID-19 has left behind.
The Support Group is part of Bristol Health’s Post-Acute COVID-19 Treatment & Rehabilitation (PACT) program, The program brings multiple specialists together to provide our community’s COVID longhaulers with the individualized care they need to achieve maximum recovery.
For questions about the Support Group call 860.585.3580.
Lynnette Senetcen is a registered nurse in Bristol Hospital’s Bernie Guida Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. She helps lead the PACT program.