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

CDC Coronavirus Information

The Centers For Disease Control has updated information on when to get tested and how to protect yourself and your family.

CDC World Map

This website shows where the virus has been reported around the world.

Florida Dept. of Health in Nassau County 

Local updates and resources.

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Outbreak Information

What you need to know about testing and the current situation in Florida.

World Health Organization Coronavirus Information

The National Council for Behavioral Health: Resources for COVID-19

World Health Organization: Rolling updates on coronavirus disease

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary

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.

If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.
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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

How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing

How Do I Know Someone is Experiencing Anxiety or Depression?

How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19

How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19

Tips For Coping With Stress Amid The Coronavirus

Article in Fortune Magazine on March 19, 2020

10 Ways To Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety

NY Times, March 18, 2020

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Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety

From the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine

Article from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Coping With Anxiety Over COVID-19

An NPR interview with a psychologist. Read the transcript or listen to the audio.

Staying Calm During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Yale Medicine experts discuss ways to cope with stress and anxiety.

Raleigh mental health expert recommends 'PREP' method to deal with COVID-19 anxiety

Understanding the PREP method, an acronym for prepare, remember, examine and practice.