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Hope from CVS?

Everyone sees that we need hope and help. Even companies like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, are quickly moving to try and fill this gaping hope hole in our souls. They are experimenting with offering counseling services. They see the potential as many people are seeking help, mostly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency rooms, family doctors and therapists say they are seeing a sharp increase in substance abuse, suicide attempts and people suffering with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Along with mounting stress, mental-health experts say that more people are open to getting help, as celebrities from singer Demi Lovato to gymnast Simone Biles go public with their struggles. From August 2020 to February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder increased to 41.5% from 36.4%, according to a joint survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Census Bureau. Emergency-room visits for mental-health crises among 12- to 17-year-olds increased 31% between 2019 and 2020, the CDC reported in June.(1)

When your hope reserves have been emptied, anxiety and depression rise. You have nothing left to fight it, you have no reserves to push back against the overwhelming feeling that life is spiraling downhill and there is nothing you can do to change it.

Hope is the cure, hope is the antidote, hope fuels our engines that lets us move forward. Hope is the cool, refreshing drink that rehydrates our innermost self.

If you need some hope, click here for how to receive hope.(2)

(1) Source: CVS Wants to Be Your Therapist, Too, by Sharon Terlep, The Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2021


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