LifestyleYour Health Matters


'We need to be practicing empathy': Coping with mental health during pandemic and winter

Posted at 8:43 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 08:43:25-05

RUSH CO. — Millions of Americans struggle with their mental health every day and the pandemic and winter season are heightening these struggles for everyone.

Drew Hahn is from Rush County and he knows the struggles that come with mental illness. After attempting suicide three times he now is talking openly and honestly in hopes it will inspire others to talk about their struggles as well.

Hahn told me he attempted suicide for the first time in 2012 after battling an undiagnosed mental illness. He said after his third attempt he got the help he needed and is now able to speak to others about his experiences. He said navigating this pandemic is hard for everyone but for those dealing with mental illnesses the pandemic plus the winter months and the holiday season is a very difficult time and he asks everyone to work together right now and show empathy.

“When it comes to mental health, we just need to be practicing empathy all around just for everyone you know whether it be on social media in person and just be reaching out. just be there for one another whether it be your friends, family or complete strangers were all going through this together it's all weird for everybody nobody knows what's happening,” said Hahn

For Hahn, he said besides talking to therapists, his family, and friends, journaling is what has helped him get through the pandemic thus far and now these winter months.

He wrote a blog on coping with winter depression you find it here.

If you are struggling with your mental health in Indianapolis you can call 317-251-7575 or text CSIS to 839863.

The National Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255.

Of course, in an emergency always call 9-1-1.