COVID-19 Resources for Caregivers

  • Listing of Online Grief Resources

     

    New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Counselors - Call 1-800-273- TALK or text GOT5 to 741741.
    • Are you struggling in the midst of COVID-19? Crisis counselors are still just a phone call or text away.


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available 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.


    SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)/ 1-800-487-4889 (TDD)
    • Free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Utilize the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.

Daily questions to ask yourself to refocus on gratitude
depression triggers from COVID 19

Grounding Daily Practices

  • How To Care For Your Mental Health During A Pandemic 

    STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR LOVED ONES

    Since most people are hunkering down at home, this is easier than ever.

    KILL THE “ANTS” (AUTOMATIC NEGATIVE THOUGHTS)

    Automatic negative thoughts can infest your mind during a pandemic, but you can learn to control them. Avoid making drastic assumptions and question your thoughts. You don’t need to believe everything you think!

    STICK TO REPUTABLE SOURCES FOR INFORMATION

    Credible sources for reliable information include the CDC, WHO, Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins.

    BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA AND 24-HOUR NEWS

    Avoid going down the rabbit hole on your Facebook or Twitter feed and don’t stay glued to the TV. Limit your exposure and set specific times to check for updates.

    TALK TO KIDS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THEIR LEVEL

    Be calm and reassuring when talking to kids because they often pick up on what you do and how you act more than the words you say.

    WHEN QUARANTINED OR SELF-ISOLATING, STAY ACTIVE

    Use your time wisely with brain healthy activities. Read a book, learn something new, do crafts, do a video call with loved ones to stay connected, and watch a comedy (research shows that laughter can be a great immunity booster). 

    GET OUTSIDE (IF YOU AREN’T SICK OR QUARANTINE)

    Exercising in nature—but not in or around groups of people—can brighten your mood. 

    TAKE DEEP BREATHS

    Take a few minutes of every hour to practice deep breathing. Simply inhale deeply for a count of 6, hold for 3, then exhale slowly to the count of 3. Repeat the process 5 to 6 times.

    FUEL YOUR MIND AND BODY WITH THE NUTRIENTS IT NEEDS

    Adequate intake of vitamins, micronutrients and minerals will help keep your immune system strong.