Mental Health Resources for COVID-19 Response
Tips for Self-Care During COVID-19: During times of change and uncertainty it is ever more important to incorporate self-care and structure into your schedule. And while your typical self-care routine may no longer be available, there are ways to stay healthy and remain connected. Every day take a moment (or more) to take care of yourself.
While practicing physical distancing, there are easy self-care strategies that can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, or prevent anxiety before it even starts.
- Eat healthfully: The foods we choose to nourish our bodies and the way we enjoy them can have a tremendous impact on our mental and physical health. Be purposeful when restocking on groceries and pick up foods that boost your mood such as oatmeal, nuts, and even dark chocolate.
- Exercise: Exercising increases energy levels, improves happiness and doesn't have to take place in a gym. Take a virtual workout class at home or spend some time outdoors walking or biking.
- Sleep: Sleep play a major role in our overall health, improving emotional regulation and management of anxiety. It’s important to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep, especially during times of stress. Try to limit your exposure to the news and social media a couple of hours before bed.
- Learn and Explore: Research shows people engaged in learning feel more confidence, hope and purpose. Keep your mind active by taking virtual tours of museums, reading, trying new recipes, or solving puzzles..
- Structure and Routine: Having regular times for eating, going to bed and rising in the morning, exercising, and working or studying can help maintain a sense of normalcy.
- Practice Mindfulness: Take breaks throughout the day, first thing in the morning or before bed to slow down and be present. The practice of pausing, breathing, and just “being” is essential to our well-being and mental health because it helps us reduce stress, worry less and it enhances feelings of resiliency.
- Talk with a Friend: Our connections with others help us cope with the ups and downs in life. Keep in contact with friends, family and co-workers through phone and video calls.
Self-care doesn’t require you to go outside or spend a lot of money. Adding small changes to your routine can make a big difference to your overall mood and well-being.
Visit California Emotional Health Resources page for more information.
During this time your child’s body may be making more or less stress hormones than is healthy. This can lead to problems with a child’s physical and/or mental health, such as asthma, poor growth, depression, or behavior problems. Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments where children feel safe emotionally and physically can protect children’s brains and bodies from the harmful effects of stress. You can help your child be healthier by managing your own stress response and helping your child do the same. Healthy nutrition, regular exercise, restful sleep, practicing mindfulness, building social supports, and getting mental health support can help to decrease stress hormones and prevent health problems.
Here are some goals your family can set together to support your child’s health. [Check the goals that you are choosing or write in others that will work for you and your family in each category!]
- “Action for Healthy Kids”
Content: COVID-19 at-home resources to help parents & educators keep kids active & healthy while schools are closed.
- “Child Mind Institute”
Content: Help for families during COVID-19 (daily tips for parents during COVID-19 crisis, Autism & Coronavirus, managing anxiety, discipline & behavior, dealing with loss, supporting kids & teenagers during Coronavirus, ADHD support & structure during C19, mindfulness, self-care, Facebook Live events)
- “Prevent Child Abuse, America”
Content: Coronavirus resources & tips for parents, children & others (staying connected, family engagement, managing stress & anxiety, includes extensive list of other related resources)
- “Panorama Education”
Content: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & self-care resources for educators, schools & parents related to COVID-19
- “CDC: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention”
Content: Dealing with stress of the outbreak for parents, teachers, and community
- “WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan”
Content: WRAP resources & tips during COVID-19
- “Mindwise Innovations: SOS Signs of Suicide Team”
Content: Using the ACT (acknowledge, care, tell) steps to assist those with mental health conditions or suicidal ideation
- “Each Mind Matters, a California Mental Health Initiative”
Content: Resources for those dealing with abuse during stay-at-home order, social distancing in multi-generational homes, support during stressful time.
- “Sana Mente”
SanaMente es el Movimiento de Salud Mental
Glenn County Crisis Welcoming Lines
Transition Age Youth Center: (530) 865-1622
Peer support for youth (13-25) & parents of youth
Harmony House Adult drop-in center: (530) 865-6725 - Peer support for adults
Our friends at Monterey County Behavioral Health have developed a short story to help children cope and understand COVID-19. Please share the printable book links below with your family and friends.
NEW Book to help children cope and understand COVID-19 (English)
Nuevo libro para ayudar a los niños a sobrellevar y comprender el COVID-19 (Spanish)