As people settle into life and work at home during coronavirus, dangers arise for some. This week Action Utah will share resources to help people stay safe and healthy while in isolation. Today our focus is on mental health and wellbeing, and how to cope with stress during coronavirus.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:
- Call 911
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline or call 1-800-985-5990 and TTY 1-800-846-8517
- Or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
Coping with stress during coronavirus
The CDC has posted several suggestions for stress and coping during coronavirus, including ways to support yourself, reduce stress in yourself and others and help children cope with stress from the pandemic. Learn more.
Coping with suicidal thoughts
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide:
- Click here to find support from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Call the Veteran’s Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
- Use the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741 and connect with a Crisis Counselor
Coping with addiction
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and other support groups have mostly gone online during coronavirus. The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health is offering a 60-day free trial to MyStrength, a personalized mental health and wellness app. Information about the app can be found at the division’s website, dsamh.utah.gov.
Crisis services for any situation
The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 with help for:
- Coronavirus anxiety
- Emotional abuse
- School Stress
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
Coping with anticipatory grief during coronavirus
Isolation and a pandemic crisis can be a challenging combination for our mental health. The Harvard Business Review interviewed David Kessler in this article, “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief” about the importance of acknowledging and managing your feelings during this unusual time. Some tips for managing anticipatory grief:
- Understand the stages of grief and accept it
- Find balance in the things you’re thinking
- Come into the present
- Let go of what you can’t control
- Stock up on compassion
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