Coping during COVID: Help is here for mental health challenges

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(Source: It’s been a little more than a year since COVID-19 upended just about everyone’s life, and that includes our once bustling Laguna Woods community.

Clubhouses closed, pools were inaccessible, gatherings were forbidden, church services curtailed, friends forced to shun friends, grandkids left unhugged. Businesses closed, services were cut and, though vaccines are available, faces remain masked.

Most shocking, more than half a million people in the United States have died.

Is it any wonder that, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of adults in America are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse or other mental health problems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? These mental health issues have mostly been attributed to the forced isolation of the coronavirus quarantine.

Enter the MemorialCare Medical Foundation, which has partnered with SilverCloud Health to provide an online mental health platform that offers digital behavioral health care for Southern California adults. It’s free to use and doesn’t require a doctor’s order. All that’s needed is a sign-in at

Dr. Mark Schafer, CEO of the nonprofit MemorialCare Medical Foundation, is a driving force behind the partnership with SilverCloud.

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