Emotional Health & Self-Care Navigate the resources below to learn ways to cope with the added stress and anxiety throughout the ongoing changes due to coronavirus.
Manage anxiety and stress
- Coping with stress will help make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Learn more about coping during COVID-19.
- Read an expert’s explanation on why anxiety around coronavirus is natural, and five simple ways you can reduce your coronavirus anxiety.
Whether affected by the illness, taking care of someone who is, or practicing social distancing to avoid getting sick, many of us have had to change our routines in recent weeks. Here are some self-care tips to help.
Virtual support groups and free or discounted therapy
Talkspace has created an expansive mental health resources page, which includes online support groups to talk about Coronavirus-related concerns, and free therapy for impacted health care workers.
Mental Wellness Resources for Older Adults
Changes to routine can be difficult for anyone, including older adults. Feeling overwhelmed from these changes is common. Explore the advice on coping and resources below to limit stress and anxiety, as we work to get a handle on changes from Covid-19.
- Take a virtual museum tour: Find a new way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Check out available virtual tours.
- Visit the aquarium online: Monterey Bay Aquarium may be closed to visits, but you can still explore the deep blue through the aquarium's live cams and calming videos. Relax or meditate with some of the Pacific's friendly critters. Look at your options on the Monterey Bay website or enjoy the Facebook Live feed.
- Stay connected to your YMCA: Ys are maintaining connections with their communities at a distance online. Stay active with your community through Your Y at Home for Active Older Adults.
- Enjoy lively discussions: As an organization promoting aging well, Mather offers a toll-free number to listen to a wide range of interesting discussions and programs. Browse Mather's Telephone Topics.
- Take a class: Join a class, another activity, or simply chat with other older adults through the Well Connected program. Take a look at the Well Connected catalog to find a good fit for your interests.
- Practice mindfulness: Learn about the benefits and what it really means to be mindful by reading this blog from A Place for Mom. You can also learn how to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life by implementing these 6 mindfulness exercises by Denver Senior Care.
- Meditate: Create an account to access the Headspace app for free through the Santa Clara County Library District. The app includes guided meditations you can access through a phone app or via website. You can also get a sneak peak of their content by viewing videos on frustration and anxiety.
- Say a prayer: Faith can be a great source of comfort during difficult times. Interfaith Action has compiled some prayers and inspirational messages for coping with Covid-19.
- Practice emotional resilience: Covid-19 has presented a unique emotional challenge to us all. Dr. Jelena Kecmanovic, a Georgetown University psychology professor, has written this piece for the Washington Post highlighting “science-based tips for emotional resilience during Covid-19.”
More Resources for Mental Wellbeing during COVID-19
COVID-19 Information from the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department
Grief Support Resources
COVID-19 has impacted our lives in many ways, especially how we can grieve losses. Many resources are available in the County for bereavement, following losses of all kinds. Below are links to the County of Santa Clara grief support booklet, a COVID-19 service status update for local support agencies, and a special resource for grief support during COVID-19.
- Grief support booklets: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
- COVID-19 grief support services update: Local Support Agency Service Status
- Special resource: Individual Grief Support during COVID-19
Resources for Parents
COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders have presented unique challenges to parents. Below you can find tools and advice to manage the work and stresses associated with raising kids of all ages during shelter-in-place.
- ZERO TO THREE offers plenty of helpful resources for parents of young infants and toddlers at this time, including Young Children at Home during the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care, which provides encouragement and important information for parental self-care.
- Keeping children occupied and healthy is a challenge, especially as many parents work remotely. Find some tips in Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis from Child Mind Institute clinicians.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics has created a 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page. Explore the page to learn about the virus, how to talk to your young children about it, and how to watch them for signs of anxiety.
- As many young adults miss important life milestones, learn how you can help them cope in this Children's Health Council guide.
- The Seize the Awkward campaign offers a comprehensive catalog of resources for teens and young adults to talk to each other about mental health. See the coronavirus tips and resources page.
This “new normal” can be challenging to navigate and can bring about added feelings of anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know shows any of these symptoms or signs:
- Reach out to the County of Santa Clara Suicide and Crisis Hotline. Call (855) 278-4204 and speak to a trained crisis counseling volunteer in any language. The line is available 24/7.
- If you can't or don't want to talk on the phone, a text option is available: Text RENEW to 741741 to access volunteer crisis counselors (free, 24/7). Service available in English only.
- Call the Friendship Line at (415) 750-4111. The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls.
- Talk to someone at the Trevor Project by calling (866) 488-7386 or texting START to 678678. The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
- Find the right help for you through the County Mental Health Services Call Center. Dial (800) 704-0900 and Call Center Staff can help you if you’re in crisis by directing you to the right services to best serve you in the moment.
- Call Uplift Family Services at (408) 379-9085 when a child or teen is in immediate crisis, including facing possible hospitalization. Uplift can help with a range of services to provide swift care and safety. They provide an immediate response and deliver crisis intervention services.
- Contact Mobile Crisis Response at (800) 704-0900 and select option #2. The Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) can provide consult and intervene wherever the crisis is occurring in the community. The service operates Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
Suicide Prevention & Crisis Resources
- COVID-19 Resources
- Suicide Prevention Community Outreach Materials
- Crisis Text Line
- Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services Contact Info.
- SCC Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan June 2010 Rev. 03/2011
- CDC Epi-Aid Report on Youth Suicide in Santa Clara County 2016
- K-12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention, 07-01-17
- National & State Resources
- Youth & Young Adult Resources
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Trans Lifeline