Several Department of Defense experts on psychological health discussed the mental health effects of COVID-19 and tools to address them during a media panel May 27 as part of May’s national Mental Health Awareness Month observance. Each year, the Military Health System joins the nation to raise awareness of psychological concerns and this year’s theme was “Need a Little Help”.

“Aside from worrying about contracting the virus, we worry about the many ways it impacts our lives and for how long,” said Dr. Holly O’Reilly, clinical psychologist at the Defense Health Agency’s Psychological Health Center of Excellence. “Taking small steps to address problems early on can make a big difference, especially during the current pandemic.”

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