Florida sheriff says pandemic causing dangerous mental health emergency that is endangering lives of police officers

The mental health crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognized by the CDC which says the underlying cause of the rise in crime across America is stress.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people remain out of work, scared of the future and many are in financial distress, waiting for the next check from the federal government to help make ends meet. On top of that, there is political and social division in America.

The mental health crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognized by the CDC which says the underlying cause of the rise in crime across America is stress.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children,” the CDC said. “Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. “

Chris Nocco, Sheriff of Pasco County Florida today said that anxiety and stress is putting police officers at a higher risk when responding to emergencies.


“Responding to domestic violence calls, suicide attempts, overdoses and fights. There clearly is a mental health factor from covid and the stress from people trying to create division,” Nocco said. “These factors are clearly impacting society, and as a result, creating more tense situations for your deputies to have to resolve.”

Nocco said he hopes his community at least, can work together to resolve problems in the community as they arise.

“Please pray for our community and deputies that all these situations resolve peacefully,” he said. “Stay strong and unified. We have a great community and TOGETHER we will make our future better.”

The CDC recommends that taking care of yourself can better equip you to take care of others.

“During times of social distancing, it is especially important to stay connected with your friends and family. Helping others cope with stress through phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely or isolated,” the CDC said.

If you are in crisis, get immediate help:

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