Resources for Staying Mentally and Emotionally Healthy
According to Mental Health America, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. This is especially true for the one in five who already have mental health conditions – or the one in two who are at risk of developing them.
During this time, it's important to create a safe physical and emotional environment by practicing the 3 R’s: Reassurance, Routines, and Regulation.
- Reassure children about their safety and the safety of loved ones, and tell them that it is adults’ job to ensure their safety.
- Adults should maintain routines to provide children with a sense of safety and predictability (e.g., regular bedtimes and meals, daily schedules for learning and play).
- Adults should support children’s development of regulation.
When children are stressed, their bodies respond by activating their stress response systems. To help them manage these reactions, it is important to both validate their feelings (e.g., “I know that this might feel scary or overwhelming”) and encourage them to engage in activities that help them self-regulate (e.g., exercise, deep breathing, mindfulness or meditation activities, regular routines for sleeping and eating). In addition, it is essential to both children’s emotional and physical well-being to ensure that families can meet their basic needs (e.g., food, shelter, clothing). Adapted from Child Trends.org
Here are resources and information to support individuals and communities during this time:
Mental Health Information for Disease Outbreaks
Mental Health Information for Teens
Mental Health Teen Guide with strategies for self-care, curated by SDCOE
Tools and Information On Anxiety
Staying Emotionally and Physically Health at Home
Live Well @ Home (Live Well San Diego and SDCOE)
RESOURCES FOR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, or text MHA to 741741 at the Crisis Text Line (from Mental Health America).
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline: The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies. Call 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 offers 24/7 emotional support and if you have any medical concerns speak to a trusted healthcare provider.
San Diego Access and Crisis Line: Provides support in crisis intervention, mental health referrals, alcohol and drug support services and community resources. Calls are confidential, free of charge, available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and offered in more than 150 languages. 1-888-724-7240 (TDD/TTY Dial 711) - available seven days a week/24 hours a day. Live chat available Monday-Friday 4 to 10 p.m.
Tools To Connect With Others
Warmlines: A warmline is a telephone service (aka a call line) for people who are looking for someone to discuss their daily struggles. Warmlines are staffed with peers who have lived experience of mental health struggles themselves and who are open to sharing their stories of challenging situations, recovery, and perseverance. Moreover, they listen to callers share their own struggles. Anyone can call a warmline (for free) to talk about their day, learn more about mental health resources in the area, and/or receive peer support as they themselves serve as a caregiver for a family member going through a mental health crisis.
The California Peer-Run Warm Line
Toll free 1-855-845-7415
Web Chat: https://www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline/
Free non-emergency emotional support is available to anyone in the state via telephone or instant messaging operating 24/7.
San Diego Warm Line for San Diego residents
Open 3:30 to 11 p.m. seven days a week
Headspace is offering a section just for Educators, for their own self-care: Weathering the Storm Together. This is being offered free of charge to all K-12 teachers, school administrators, and supporting staff in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Resources for Parents