Coping With The Stress and Anxiety of Coronavirus
For those with anxiety disorders or other mental health issues, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak can be especially difficult. The added stress of children at home, job changes or loss, worry about elder family members, and more can cause confusion and increased anxiety. Starting Point understands that our community has concerns about the virus and its effects on their mental health. We offer these resources to keep you informed and give you options on ways to cope.
Resources For COVID-19 Information
The Centers For Disease Control has updated information on when to get tested and how to protect yourself and your family.
This website shows where the virus has been reported around the world.
Local updates and resources.
What you need to know about testing and the current situation in Florida.
A Message From The National Council on Coping With Social Distancing
If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common around the world.
We know you’re looking for ways to take care of yourself and #BeTheDifference. We’ve compiled these tips from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to help you care for your own and your loved ones’ mental health.
You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.
Articles About Coping With Mental Health Concerns Related to COVID-19
Article in Fortune Magazine on March 19, 2020
NY Times, March 18, 2020
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From the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, March 16, 2020
Article from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
An NPR interview with a psychologist. Read the transcript or listen to the audio.
Yale Medicine experts discuss ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
Understanding the PREP method, an acronym for prepare, remember, examine and practice.