Mental Health During COVID

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The COVID pandemic has caused tremendous disruption to daily living. Health concerns, social isolation, and economic issues have led many people to feel depressed, anxious, or have issues with gaining access to mental health resources. In these difficult times, knowing what mental health resources are available to you is more important than ever. We have prepared this wiki to be a repository of resources for you; we hope it is helpful. If you have any suggestions or know of any additional resources, please comment below – we’ll keep this running list updated.

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Resources for urgent situations

⚠️ If you are having an emergency, please call 911.
Lifelines, helplines, and chatlines for support
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat
    • Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)
    • Confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
  • Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support: www.suicide.org
  • Lifeline Crisis Chat
  • Crisis Text Line: Text REASON to 741741 (free, confidential and 24/7)
  • Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
  • Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228
  • Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
  • National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency: 1-800-622-2255
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 24/7/365. (Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning—LGBTQ—young people under 25.)
  • Veterans Crisis Line
  • International Suicide Prevention Directory

General resources for COVID mental health

Exercise and meditation videos, advice, and cool resources

General tips

Tips and tricks for staying busy, relaxed, and centered
  • Shelter-in-place can make normal schedules and routines difficult to maintain. It can be helpful for those with depression or anxiety to create new routines, as routine can offer predictability during a time of great uncertainty. Some suggestions include:
    • Setting regular wake and sleep times.
    • Schedule pleasurable activities each day, such as taking walks, exercising, video chatting with friends or family, etc.
  • Reaching out to friends and family for support can be very helpful. Find time each day to make virtual connections through the Osmind Community, email, texts, phone, video chat, etc.
  • Providing support to others can help: giving assistance to can help people feel better and provide some purpose or meaning. This could include making masks for neighbors, going grocery shopping for seniors, participating in peer support groups such as the Osmind Community, and more.
  • Reduce the consumption of pandemic-related news (including social media). Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
    • Try to eat healthy meals. Try and have a well-balanced diet without excessive junk food. Caffeine may aggravate stress and anxiety
    • Exercise regularly. Some fun ideas might include using a dance or exercise app or finding any parks or trails with nature near your residence
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs that are not prescribed by a clinician
  • Try to give yourself some time away from electronic devices each day
  • Set aside some quiet time to relax and refresh. Some examples include meditation, deep breathing, tai chi, or yoga. You can take a relaxing shower or bubble bath, listen to music, read/listen to a book
  • Staying busy can help: a distraction can get people away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression. Enjoy hobbies that you can do at home; identify a new project or clean out that closet you promised you’d get to. Doing something positive to manage anxiety is a healthy coping strategy.
  • If you have religious or spiritual beliefs, drawing strength from your belief system can bring comfort during the pandemic
  • Set priorities. Don’t become overwhelmed by creating a life-changing list of things to achieve while you’re home. Set reasonable goals each day and outline steps you can take to reach those goals. Give yourself credit for every step in the right direction, no matter how small. And recognize that some days will be better than others.
  • You can do this! We’re here to support you!

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