COVID-19 doesn't just affect us physically, it affects us mentally too.
You might be a parent trying to prevent your anxiety from passing onto your children or someone having a hard time acclimating to a quarantine lifestyle with little social contact. We must take measures to seriously address our mental health just as much as we do our physical health. Even if you don't have the virus, your wellbeing may be impacted by concerns about the virus.
See below for online resources that guide you to better mental health.
mental health during COVID-19
What is anxiety? Mental Health America provides information on what anxiety is and its causes. It also informs on the types of anxiety disorders, symptoms, and treatments - some of which you can do as you stay at home.
The coronavirus outbreak triggers or worsens anxiety for many people. In response, the Anxiety and Depression Asociation of America has created a resource page that is updated daily to provide videos, tips, and blogs to manage mental health and anxiety.
Video resources include topics such as strategies for families facing anxiety and information about how anxiety manifests in our lives.
Blog posts include topics such as teletherapy tips for kids and teens; what to do when you have panic attacks; and responding to racism during the outbreak.
This website is dedicated to combatting anxiety during this pandemic. It has blogs about a variety of topics ranging from meditations, concerns about isolation, financial fears to xenophobia. There is also a section where the most commonly asked questions about mental health are answered by a team of experts.
connect with others
It's difficult to ask someone how they're really feeling during this crisis, but it's during these stressful times that you should check in with your loved ones. The mental health awareness campaign IDONTMIND created a list of 10 simple mental health questions to ask yourself then ask someone else, no matter where they are.
A subreddit was made to offer help and support for real people like you feeling overwhelmed by the news on COVID19. Keep in mind that this isn't a formal website with professionals addressing topics. It's a place where anybody online and of all ages can share their experiences with others.
if you're a parent
Have you been able to bring up COVID-19 to children in a way that's reassuring and not stressful? Experts at the Child Mind Institute gave advice on how to keep a supporting line of communication with children as coronavirus continues to be an important topic.
Child Mind Institute wrote an article about how our anxiety can affect children when they typically see us as role models and stable rocks. You'll find a recommended plan to manage your anxiety, how to explain it, and how to cope with children.
This is a comprehensive guide of how to increase resilience in yourself and your family as a whole. There are many forms of strength that keep family bonds together during this time of crisis.
An enlightening article by Smart Parent Advice about how yelling can negatively affect your child's long-term health and personality development. You have every reason to feel like you're boiling over right now, but nothing good ever comes from yelling at your kids!
if you're an older adult
Older adults are the most vulnerable to experiencing severe complications, but it's everybody's responsibility to slow the outbreak to protect ourselves and others. Learn about 5 major ways you can do your part while staying connected with your loved ones.
Older adults face unique challenges during this pandemic. While there are deeper degrees of fear and isolation, this recorded webinar shows that there are opportunities for older adults to support themselves beyond the traditional behavioral health services.
resources for immediate response
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns
Text MHA to 741741 and you'll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. If you have anxiety associated with phone calling then you might feel the most comfortable with this 24/7, free, text-based support.
If you need assistance finding food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, visit 211.org or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.
We're in this together.
Never believe that you're struggling alone or that you're powerless because you are part of a community that must support one another. This is an extraordinarily trying time, so take a deep breath, take care of yourself, and reach out to others.