Mental health toll could last long after pandemic

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It’s no surprise that the pandemic triggered anxiety and depression, even post-traumatic stress symptoms.

Loved ones were lost. Jobs evaporated, and our social networks were strained.

We experienced the fear of becoming infected with COVID-19.

We endured isolation and quarantine.

Milestones like graduations and birthdays were missed. Celebrations were postponed.

RELATED: Healing mentally after the pandemic

May is "Mental Health Awareness Month." This year it may be more important than ever.

That’s because of all the mental health issues triggered by the pandemic in both adults and kids.

How do we heal, no matter our age?

Local mental health experts spoke with NewsChannel 13 about recognizing the issue and crafting a plan for healing. Hear what they had to say by watching the video of Benita Zahn’s story.

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