Princeton Christian Counselor Discusses Mental Health Effects Of COVID

To say the last year has been difficult would be an understatement. COVID-19 has changed our daily lives from work and our recreational activities to even the way we gather with our families and friends. It’s even affected our mental health.

Stephanie Boaz, a native of Princeton, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Christian Counseling and a diploma in Christian Life Coaching, tells the News Edge COVID-19 has caused an increase in stress, anxiety, and depression.

click to download audioShe says the COVID pandemic has really made it hard on those who already have an existing mental illness and has added to their issues.

Boaz says the virus has really affected our adolescents, as well as their parents and grandparents.

click to download audioShe adds the impact of older adults suffering from depression is astronomical.

click to download audioBoaz says the first step she emphasizes with people is you’re not alone in this and there is help available.

click to download audioAccording to Boaz, there is also a lack of mental health services and people do not know where to turn or can’t afford to get help through Pennyroyal Center or other services. However, she says her facility, Where New Beginnings Start, recently received a grant to focus on providing help to those who need it.

click to download audioBoaz adds her business is very accessible and located at 104 East Court Street. She says her hours are usually in the evening to accommodate those who work. For more information, you can contact Stephanie Boaz at (270) 625-8211.