On the Site:


Utah Psychotherapist Launches Online Support Group For COVID-19 Anxiety

Mar 17, 2020, 7:52 AM | Updated: 8:12 am

LINDON, Utah — A psychotherapist urged people to avoid panic and to maintain a level mental approach to the COVID-19 pandemic as he prepared Monday to launch a new online anxiety support group aimed at coping with the spread of the coronavirus.

Brett Williams said panic will only make the situation worse.

“If we’re not panicking, if we’re able to deal with things rationally, it goes so much smoother,” Williams said. “I can go without food for 30 days, I can go without water for 3 days, but if I start panicking or if I start freaking out or getting hysterical, I’m going to start making mistakes now – right now – that could totally affect everything that’s going to go on in the future.”

Williams considers himself a “prepper” when it comes to storing supplies for potential disasters. He maintains an underground bomb shelter inside his home with air filtration, a three- to six-month supply of food, and surgical supplies for medical doctors in the area who may need them in an emergency.

Still, he said the most important thing when it comes to survival can’t be found on any of his shelves.

“Having a good ‘mental game’ is probably one of the best things you can do for prepping,” Williams said. “You also have to kind of hope for the best. That’s kind of the way it works. You plan for the worst and you have to hope for the best. Otherwise, it just plays on your psychology. It just makes you more and more negative.”

To that end, Williams said he planned to put to good use a small TV production studio constructed inside his bunker by sharing what he possesses in ample supply – expertise in managing stress and anxiety.

Beginning this week and continuing for the foreseeable future, Williams said he planned to conduct sessions online every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon through his “Gathering of Good People” group on Facebook to help people deal with anxiety specifically related to COVID-19.

“People that are feeling anxious about kind of what’s going on and not having a place to really talk or vent or connect – this is what we’re going to set this up for is to have online support,” Williams said. “My hope is that this gives us a whole new appreciation of how much we need each other and how community is such an important part of our lives.”

KSL 5 TV Live


FILE - COVID-19 antigen home tests indicating a positive result are photographed in New York, April...

Associated Press

More free COVID-19 tests from the government are available for home delivery through the mail

Americans can order more free COVID-19 tests online for home delivery.

10 days ago

FILE - Doses of the anti-viral drug Paxlovid are displayed in New York, Aug. 1, 2022. The COVID-19 ...

Amanda Seitz, Associated Press

COVID-19 treatments to enter the market with a hefty price tag

The COVID-19 treatments millions of have taken for free from the federal government will enter the private market next week with a hefty price tag.

1 month ago

Toddlers dance during play time at Living Water Child Care and Learning Center as center director J...

Associated Press

Child care programs just lost thousands of federal dollars. Families, providers scramble to cope

After two years of receiving federal subsidies, 220,000 child care programs across the country were cut off from funding Saturday Utah

2 months ago

Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Assembly, right, announces the winner of the 2023 Nobel Pri...

David Keyton and Mike Corder

Nobel in medicine goes to 2 scientists whose work enabled creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19

Two scientists have won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries that enabled the development of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 and could be used in the future to create other shots.

2 months ago

child in doctor's office...

Mike Anderson

Flu, COVID cases expected to rise in Utah

The number of COVID-19 diagnoses continues to stay above what we saw over the summer but now some doctors are starting to see early signs of the flu as well.

2 months ago

President Joe Biden in State Dining Room at the White House...

Associated Press

Biden has gotten the updated COVID-19 vaccine and the annual flu shot, the White House says

The White House says President Joe Biden has gotten the updated COVID-19 vaccine and the annual flu shot.

2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Utah Psychotherapist Launches Online Support Group For COVID-19 Anxiety