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Coping with COVID-19

We're all feeling anxious about the coronavirus, concerned about social distancing, worried about our jobs and our families. Below we provide videos, online resources, and links to help you. Topics include:

-coping with anxiety during COVID;

-our videos on accessing services locally (English & Spanish);

-self-care;

-hotlines & warmlines;

-online mental health & substance use support groups;

-free wellness activities online;

-resources for parents;

-resources for behavioral health providers and employers. 

To find mental health or substance use treatment in our region, click herePlease note: If you have a state phone, you have unlimited talk and text plus extra data during COVID, so you can take advantage of online services & supports! 

 

Helpful advice on coping with COVID anxiety: UNICEF video featuring Kati Morton, LMFT

  • CDC tips for yourself, parents, responders, and people released from quarantine here.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention tips for self-care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.
  • Wide range of resources for different audiences, in English and Spanish, from PsychHub here

  • Resources for people living with mental illness and their families from Mental Health America here

  • COVID-19 Mental Wellness Video Series by the Town of Darien

  • Coping with Anxiety and Stress During COVID-19 by Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD of Silver Hill Hospital: video here 

  • The Hub's blog post on Mental Health Awareness & COVID-19 for Fairfield County's Community FOundation here

  • Good Morning Wilton article here

 

Check our our COVID playlists:

Local partners talking about teletherapy, mental health supports, and behavioral health services 

(1 video series in English, 1 in Spanish)

 
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Self-Care

Create structure in your day: Being on lockdown is disorienting. To rebalance, plan out a daily schedule with your household members that incorporates work/school time; together time; check-in calls with friends or neighbors; doing something creative; doing something relaxing; and getting exercise. The 8 Dimensions of Wellness model offers a way to stay balanced. And be sure to create distance between work and personal time, even if working at home!

Get outside: Fresh air, sunlight, and exercise (at a safe distance!) are all good for your mental wellbeing and physical health. A fun inclusive way to exercise is  Oak Hill CT's Adaptive Gym classes on Facebook Live and YouTube, which people of all abilities can do together, or Toivo's daily online wellness activities such as yoga and Qi-Gong.

Practice gratitude: Be grateful for things little and big. Challenged by distance learning? It's still an opportunity to spend more time with kids. Missing company? What a great time to start Zoom dinners and games with remote friends. Bored out of your mind? See it as an opportunity to get household projects done or learn a new craft. Check out this daily evening inventory from BlessingManifesting. 

 

FEELING IN CRISIS?

When you're feeling overwhelmed, know that there are free options to help you talk through your crisis--and to send help when necessary. Click the image to open and scroll through flyers for free 24/7 hotlines. You can also right-click to download them. 

 

NEED TO CONNECT ONE-ON-ONE?

Check out a warmline, where you can talk one-on-one with someone with similar experience: a young adult; a senior; a peer who has dealt with mental health or substance use challenges. Click the image to open and scroll through the flyers for warmlines. You can also right-click to download them. 

 

LOOKING FOR A MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP? There are online meetings for just checking in & chatting, meetings for young adults, peer support groups, and meetings for family members of someone who is struggling. Click the image to open and scroll through flyers for online mental health support groups. You can also right-click to download them. 

 

LOOKING FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY SUPPORTS?

There are online 12-step meetings, CCAR all-recovery meetings, SMART Recovery & more. Download Norwalk Hospital's list of online meetings here. Also, CCAR's Telephone Recovery Support program is available in English or Spanish. Click the image to open and scroll through flyers for online recovery support groups. You can also right-click to download them. 

 

LOOKING FOR FREE WELLNESS ACTIVITIES?

There are daily phone meditations, yoga classes, coloring, and other activities orgnanized by groups right here in CT> Click the image to open and scroll through flyers for online wellness activities. You can also right-click to download them. 

 

Talking to Your Kids

This is a good time to open up conversations with your whole family around social supports, self-esteem, substance use, and more:   

NPR’s Just For Kids presents a comic exploring The New Coronavirus 

PBS KIDS’ Daniel Tiger explains How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus 

AhaParenting.com identifies possible concerns kids may have, including the worry that their parents may die, here 

The National Association of School Psychologists has downloadable factsheets in English and Spanish, as well as links to government factsheets on coping stress during infectious disease outbreaks

Great advice from Positive Directions (Westport) and the Search Institute (click here  to open and scroll through images)

Spanish: Cómo hablar con los niños sobre el coronavirus from Child Mind Institute here

Resources from the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for the US here

Pathways to Empower, by CT resident Donna Volpitta, is making social-emotional videos & resources for nursery through 5th grade available (free and $5) here

Videos & discussion resources to support resilience and prevent substance use for middle and high school students and families from "Natural High" here

Courageous Parenting online education for parents around substance use awareness and prevention, from Norwalk-based Courage to Speak, here

Check-in At Home activities from the CT-based Jordan Porco Foundation (creator of Fresh Check Day) -- click here.

 

For Providers & Employers

COVID ​RESOURCES FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS:

  • The National Council on Behavioral Health has compiled resources for providers on managing policies, resources, finances, teletherapy, human resources, etc. here

  • ​SAMHSA's COVID page has info on training and TA, PPE, grants, telehealth, providing outpatient and MAT in a virtual world, info for first responders & more here.  

  • ​Resource list for social workers from Mental Health License Map here.

  • ​TherapyNotes has useful guidance for therapists implementing telehealth here

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a FAQ on Telehealth and HIPAA during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.


COVID RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS:

  • Mental health and substance use resources for employers during & after COVID from the National Safety Council here

  • Workplace reintegration toolkit from Mental Health America of Greater Dallas here

  • Downloadable PDFs on different topics from PsychHub here.

  • 6 step plan for employers going back to work here.

 

We are grateful for...

  • The time we've had to work on those back-burner projects. Our closets have never been cleaner!

  • The heroic healthcare and emergency workers on the front line every day. 

  • The everyday heroes who show up to work at a scary time to deliver food, clean buildings, and sell essentials.  

  • Our dedicated teachers adapting daily to the new normal. 

  • Our neighbors and friends who are checking in.

  • Our community groups for moving all their operations and social supports online.

  • The technology that makes it possible for so many of us to work and study at home, to play games with friends, have dinner with quarantined family, and attend worship services online! 

  • Our pets, who give us an excuse to get outside.
  • Warm weather and flowers that lift our mood.

  • Re-opening... safely.

  • Send someone a thank-you note (here)!

 

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