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How to Manage Your Mental Health and Cope During COVID-19

03/31/20

Resources for Families, Parents & Caregivers

The outbreak of infectious diseases such as the recent Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening, reading or watching the news. While it’s necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19, the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health.

It’s important during times like these to monitor your own physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones.

Here are a few resources, credible information sources, and self-care tools for our mental health and wellbeing.

Relevant and Informative Resources

 

Online and Phone Supports

  • Access & Crisis Line: If you need support or are actively seeking services, please call the ACL at 1 (888) 724-7240, and an experienced counselor will provide you with a referral to meet your needs and help determine eligibility.
  • 2-1-1 San Diego: Dial 2-1-1, or visit www.211sandiego.org, for access to community, health, social, and disaster services. The call is free, confidential, and available in more than 200 languages with access to 6,000+ services, resources and programs through our online database.
  • SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Line: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
  • Teen Line: Phone lines will temporarily be closed starting Friday March 13th, text lines and email will remain open. Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST to receive person teen-to-teen education and support.
  • The Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 1-855-845-7415 for peer-run non-emergency emotional support.
  • Suicide Prevention Services: Lifeline (24/7) Call 1-877-663-5433

 

Emotional Support and Wellness

We know that human connection is one of the most critical protective factors for good mental health. But how can we stay in connection while still following medical guidance to limit your exposure to others? Community isn’t just about proximity, it’s first and foremost a mindset about who we consider to be “our own.” In the face of social distancing, remember that we all need one another – maybe more than ever – to get through difficult times like these. Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to all our mental health. Learn more at Community Connections in Times of Physical Separation.

 

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga

 

Cómo Manejar la Salud Mental Durante el Brote de COVID-19

Recursos para Familias, Padres, y Cuidadores

El brote de enfermedades infecciosas como el reciente COVID-19 (Coronavirus) puede ser un momento estresante para las personas y las comunidades. No es raro sentirse ansioso o preocupado mientras escuchas, lees o miras las noticias. Aunque es necesario mantenerte informado y realizar cambios en la vida diaria para ayudar a controlar la propagación de COVID-19 (coronavirus), el ciclo constante de noticias junto con las medidas de distanciamiento social puede tener un impacto real en la salud mental. Es importante, en momentos como estos controlar tu propia salud física y mental, así como mantenerte conectado de manera segura con tu comunidad. Reconozca las señales de estrés y cuándo y cómo buscar ayuda para ti y tus seres queridos. 

Aquí hay algunos recursos, fuentes de información creíbles y herramientas para practicar el autocuidado para cuidar nuestra salud mental. 

 

Recursos Relevantes e Informativos

 

Apoyo por Teléfono o en Línea

 

Apoyo Emocional y Bienestar

Sabemos que la conexión humana es uno de los factores protectores más críticos para mantener la salud mental. Pero ¿cómo podemos mantenernos conectados mientras seguimos las indicaciones médicas para limitar tu exposición a los demás? La comunidad no se trata solo de proximidad, es ante todo una mentalidad acerca de quiénes consideramos "nuestros". Ante el distanciamiento social, recuerde que todos nos necesitamos unos a otros, tal vez más que nunca, para superar momentos difíciles como estos. Mantenerte conectado emocionalmente como comunidad, incluso con el aislamiento físico de momento, es fundamental para la salud mental de todos. 

Obtenga más información en Conexiones Comunitarias en Tiempos de Separación Física

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