In this extraordinary time we can all use some support...
The COVID-19 epidemic has rapidly become an unprecedented situation that continues to grow. Not only are we seeing the physical effects of the illness, but also the social impact it is causing. Millions of people in the U.S alone have lost their jobs, closed their businesses, and have been forced to self-isolate (“social distancing”) as we attempt to curve the rate of exposure. It truly is a scary situation and many of us are left experiencing high levels of anxiety and depression. While it’s true that we have no control over what is happening, we do have some control. In situations like these it is absolutely necessary that we pay special attention to the important choices we can make to keep us safe and also contribute to our mental wellness. Below are a some resources including articles, hotlines, and apps that can help us practice healthy coping strategies while we continue to support one another and focus on keeping one another safe.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 Managing Anxiety and Stress from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Tips for Taking Care of your Mental Health and Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources from Mental Health America
- If you are feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or isolated, you can call the San Francisco Mental Health Warm Line at (855) 845-7415 or chat with them online at www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline.
- If you are a senior who is feeling isolated due to the coronavirus, the Institute of Aging has a warm line called The Friendship Line. It operates 24 hours a day at 800-971-0016.
- If you are having thoughts about harming yourself, you can call the San Francisco Suicide Prevention hotline at (415) 781-0500, and they can provide you with confidential emotional support. You can also chat online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.
- If you are co-quarantined with an abuser or are worried about having to self-isolate in a dangerous home situation, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or chat online at www.thehotline.org.
- For those with alcohol and addiction issues, you can find help in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. For confidential support from Alcoholics Anonymous, you can call their helpline at (415) 674-1821 or email them at email@example.com. To reach Narcotics Anonymous, call (415) 610-7294. Online meetings are also available at https://www.weconnectrecovery.comand www.intherooms.com.
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- Articles are a great way to get information, but also to pass the time. Below are a couple helpful articles about coping with anxiety and stress. (More added later).
- Talking to Children about Coronavirus
- That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief
- Maintaining Your Mental Health During Social Isolation
- Psychological Impact of Coronavirus
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Anxiety and Staying Mentally Healthy
- Como Vivir con la Ansiedad y la Preocupación en Medio de Una Incertidumbre Global
Resources for Undocumented Immigrants
•Restaurant Opportunities Centers United – Restaurant Workers Relief Fund. For restaurant workers in need of financial assistance. https://rocunited.org/relief/application/
•One Fair Wage Emergency Fund. Cash assistance for restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money. https://ofwemergencyfund.org/help
•USBG National Charity Foundation – Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. For bartenders, or the spouse or child of a bartender who have experienced an emergency hardship. https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
•Another Round, Another Rally Emergency Assistance. For workers in the hospitality industry, dishwasher, bartender, server, busser, chef, cook, sommelier, manager, host, concierge, cleaning staff, or bar back may apply for funds. Apply by clicking here.
•Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. For emergency assistance for those employed by restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier. Apply by clicking here.