Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - Ulysses S. Grant once said, "The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity."
While coronavirus has turned many of our lives upside down, the silver lining has been watching businesses, neighbors, friends, and families come together in ways many of us have never had the opportunity to witness. Whether it's neighbors bringing groceries to elderly or other home-bound residents, or businesses rallying to help employees maintain their incomes, there are examples every day of the good in the world -- and in the very communities where we live and work.
Unfortunately, not everyone has a support system of family, friends, or neighbors to help them through this difficult time. Even when we do have support, the emotional and financial toll of staying at home makes it nearly impossible to avoid feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and helplessness.
Coping with stress can be particularly difficult right now because there is nothing normal about what is happening in our communities, in our country, and in the world. Give yourself permission to struggle and patience to get through it because, the truth is, nothing we've ever done could have prepared us for what is happening right now.
We each have the ability to be our own caregivers. Here are a few things you can do if you've found yourself homebound:
No matter what you do, stay safe and, if possible, stay home -- if not for yourself, for someone you love.
We encourage you to share the following numbers with friends and family members:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a national helpline that is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service in English and Spanish for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY
If you're unable to speak safely, log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
At OnderLaw, we're continuing to serve our clients while doing our best to keep our team safe. Together, we will all get through this difficult time. We encourage you to take care of yourself and your loved ones so that, when the threat has passed, we will all emerge stronger than ever.
OnderLaw, LLC in St. Louis has developed a solid reputation of excellence as a personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. The Onder Law Firm has represented clients throughout the United States in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, including Pradaxa, Lexapro and Yasmin/Yaz, Actos, Risperdal and others. The Onder Law Firm has won verdicts of more than $300 million in talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits, and has more experience representing Bayer/Monsanto glyphosate cancer victims than any other law firm in the country.