These are trying times for many of us. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful and impact our lives in numerous ways. It is natural for our bodies to jump into our fight, flight, or freeze response, which can lead to anger, anxiety, depression, and other reactions. Just as we are heightening our awareness of physical health and safety, we need to also be paying attention to our mental and behavioral health and safety.
As with any crisis, this pandemic can bring about a great deal of stress in our lives, such as:
It can be helpful to keep in mind that we all respond differently in these times. There isn't necessarily a right or wrong reaction, but there are healthy and unhealthy ways to cope. It is essential that we engage in self-care activities during these times to keep our mental health in shape.
Some actions that can help us reduce stress include:
If you are experiencing instability or suicidal thoughts, please turn to the resources provided below:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
2-1-1 Tulare County
Community Warm Line
Disaster Distress Helpline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
This link leads to a section of the CA.gov website specific to the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response. This section contains resources such as suicide prevention and domestic violence hotlines, how to help others, and numerous other resources through the site's navigation options.
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Since 2008, the Alliance of Hope has been working to decrease stigma, increase understanding of the suicide loss experience, and provide direct support to survivors. This is an online resource to connect with other survivors and fund mutual support.
Healing Conversations – formerly known as the Survivor Outreach Program – gives those who have lost someone to suicide the opportunity to talk with experienced volunteers.
This site contains information such as advice & guidance, social sharing, public messages, and additional supports.
Voices of Hope is AFSP’s series of videos featuring those who have struggled with suicide: unscripted interviews with people speaking from their own personal experience.
A Ready Wrigley activity and coloring book for children age 3-10.
This page contains helpful information and resources to assist us in dealing with strong emotions during stressful times.
This site has great information for parents, guardians, and others who interact with children.
This website contains information that will be helpful for first responders seeking to deal with stress and anxiety.