Local mental health organization sees increase in calls as coronavirus concerns continue to grow

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise, so do the calls for help.

“In the last week or two, we have seen an increase in mental health calls. They’re up a couple hundred more than normal,” says Tamara Starnes, Chief Clinical Officer at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare (BRBH).

Mental Health services and hotlines across the country are noticing a spike in activity from many people who are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed.  Experts say during a time of uncertainty and social distancing, people need help now more than ever.

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