Self Care, Mental & Emotional Health

Self Care, Mental & Emotional Health:

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for all of us. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated in these circumstances.

You’re not alone.

There are strategies for managing stress such as:

  • Being mindful of your intake of information from news sources about the virus, and consider taking breaks from it.
  • Maintaining social contact with supportive relationships like friends, family or others, by phone, text, or internet.
  • Treating your body kindly: eat healthy foods, avoid excessive alcohol, and exercise as you are able.
  • Consider calling your health care provider if your anxiety interferes with your daily activities.
  • Learn about additional strategies to manage your stress for health.

24-Hour Helplines:

Local:

Domestic Violence (Women’s Center Youth & Family Services): (209) 465-4878
Sexual Assault (Women’s Center Youth & Family Services): (209) 465-4997
Youth/Human Trafficking (Women’s Center Youth & Family Services): (209) 948-1911
Crisis Line (San Joaquin Behavioral Health): (209) 468-9370 or 1-888-468-9370
San Joaquin County Mental Health Crisis Line: (209) 468-8686. The Crisis Intervention Line is staffed by psychiatric technicians and mental health physicians. 24/7 response

National/State:

24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or click Chat Now
Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 (TTY 800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for 24/7 support.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for 24/7 crisis support.
California Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 1-855-845-7415 for 24/7 non-emergency support.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 24/7 at 1-800-4-A-CHILD
Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text 838255
National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline: Access 24/7 video relay service by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889).
Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ youth.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255 from 1pm – 9pm for support, information or help finding resources.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Resources:

(From the State of California COVID19.CA.Gov Page)

Help manage your stress

  • California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief During COVID-19 (PDF)
    The California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, offers a simple guide with things you can do every day to help support your mental and physical health.
  • UCLA Mindful (app)
    Free mobile app which helps you practice mindfulness. This can help lessen feelings of stress, and support your mental and physical health.
  • Mindshift (app)
    Access resources on this free app to help take charge of anxious feelings.

Help for parents and kids

Parents and families are facing a lot during this pandemic. Working moms and dads must now be workers, parents, child counselors, and teachers all at once. And some parents also face new work environments, job loss, and interpersonal violence. 

But there are tools that can help. Mental health professionals, researchers, and the California Surgeon General recommend the following resources. Check out these tools to help parents and children cope with stress in a positive way.

Tools for Families Facing Stress:

Tools for Parents to Help Children:

Tools for Families With School-Related Stress: