The ongoing pandemic is taking a toll on the health of our state and country. The daily numbers released of the number of cases and deaths are a reminder of that fact. But something else that isn't talked about nearly enough is the impact the pandemic is having on our mental health. Whether it is the loss of a job or wages due to COVID, the kids suddenly being at home because of virtual learning, or just worrying about someone in your family with underlying health conditions, this pandemic can be a lot to take in.

A new counseling program is being made available to all Iowans who may be experiencing mental health troubles caused by the pandemic. CBS 2 reports that the Iowa Department of Human Services has received $1 million in grants from FEMA to help provide free virtual counseling to all Iowans during the pandemic. The program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using a virtual session or a phone call. You can have your session be private, or join a group session. People of all ages are encouraged to make use of the counseling services.

Kelly Garcia, Iowa DHS Director, told CBS2 that they are grateful for their federal partners in providing the funding to Iowa to make the program possible. She added that it is not uncommon to feel stress and anxiety during times like these.

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