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Chestnut Ridge Mental Health Expert Addresses Post Election Anxiety

The Rockland Behavioral Health Response Team; Tracie Florida is in the middle.
The Rockland Behavioral Health Response Team; Tracie Florida is in the middle. Photo Credit: Submitted

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. --  There's a lot of anxiety among Rockland residents post-election.

At least that's what Tracie Florida of Rockland Behavioral Health Response Team is finding.

"The concerns I've been reading about, listening to on the radio, and watching on the news is the profound fear of uncertainty and the exacerbation in the mistreatment of women, people of color, specifically Latino immigrants, and individuals who identify as LGBTQ," she said.

Florida advises folks to give themselves permission to experience and express their range of emotions and focus on mindfulness, positive self-talk, and maintaining or developing positive relationships with people who both share their concerns and who do not share their concerns.

"I urge all of us to increase our communication with each other; to enhance our understanding of each other and to hopefully increase our respect for one another despite our differences," she said.

"I would also encourage individuals to reach out and speak with a mental health professional if they feel they need additional support outside of their peer groups.:

Rockland Behavioral Health Response Team is free service set up by the county to provide help for people who are experiencing depressions, anxiety and more. The service has a 24/7 hotline as well as a service that will come out to your home or office if there is a crisis situation. All services are free.

Go to www.rocklandhelp.org for more information.

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