March 31, 2020
Feeling anxious during these times of quarantines, uncertainty?
Note to Journalists: A photo of Susan Kersey, as well as a stock photo, are available on Google Drive. She is available for Skype interviews.
WHAT: Many Americans are facing increasing issues of anxiety as news and warnings about the COVID-19 pandemic expand daily. With some “stay in place” orders and self-quarantines in effect, providing mental health access could be the next need.
EXPERT: Susan Kersey is a clinical assistant professor of nursing and director of Purdue University School of Nursing’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. She has expertise in the field of psychiatry and the treatment of mental health conditions. She can talk on how to work with and identify ways to address anxiety, depression and other aspects of mental health in all populations, including children. Kersey has worked in a variety of mental health settings during her career.
QUOTE: “If you find yourself becoming anxious, reach out to a friend or family member. You can still be connected to others by using a telephone, smartphone or use a video calling service,” Kersey says. “Also, if you are still feeling anxious, find something else to do and limit the amount of news you watch. If the weather is nice and if you can, go outside as much as possible in your yard or take a walk or drive around the neighborhood. Be sure to observe social distancing guidelines.”
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Writer: Matthew Oates, 765-586-7496 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org, @mo_oates
Source: Susan Kersey, email@example.com (also available for Skype interviews)