As Covid epidemic rolls into its sixth month more people seek mental health help

Lifeways Behavioral Health in Ontario offers mental health assistance for residents who are struggling with impacts of the Covid pandemic. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – A higher than average number of people are seeking mental health assistance as the Covid pandemic crawls into its fifth month but two local mental health professionals said there are tools individuals can use to cope with depression and anxiety.

 “We are seeing a rise in individuals experiencing that mental fatigue and that really kind of day-to-day uncertainty,” said Sarah Andrade, behavioral health director for Lifeways Behavioral Health.

Jeremy Stockett, a licensed clinical social worker for St. Luke’s Psychiatric Wellness Services in Boise, said fatigue and misgivings about the long arc of the epidemic is normal.

“You can view it through the same lens as a . . .