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Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Updated: May 21

The coronavirus outbreak may cause an increase in stress, anxiety, fear and/or depression for some people. While you are doing your part to reduce the spread by staying home, here are some tips to take care of your mental health.

The CDC recommends:

  • Taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories

  • Taking care of your body by exercising, stretching, getting plenty of rest and eating well.

  • Making time to unwind

  • Connecting with others- try Sheriff Toulon’s #Powerof10 challenge and reach out to 10 people a day via call, text, facetime or zoom!

Some additional tips:

  • Maintain as much of a routine as possible

  • Write in a gratitude journal

  • Start a home project

  • Do something creative

  • Do solitary activities outside, such as taking a walk or going for a run.

  • Reach out for help if you need it!

  • For more tips check the Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) Managing COVID-19 related anxiety guide and the CDC website.

Helpful Hotlines and Websites that can provide support:

If you or someone you know is in an immediate crisis and/or pose a danger to themselves or others call 911

The Kate Spade New York Foundation and the Crisis Text Line have created a hotline to provide emotional support for frontline health care workers.

Text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access these emotional support services.

  • National Suicide Hotline: English: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Español: 1-888-628-9454 TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 (English and Español) SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746 SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746 TTY: 1-800-846-8517

  • Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741

  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

  • Self-Help Anti-violence Re-education Program (S.H.A.R.P.) (SHARP provides assistance for men who are physically or verbally abusive to their partners or family members): 631-329-4305

  • OMH Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314

  • Family Service League’s DASH Hotline: 631-952-3333

  • LGBTQ Network Hotline: 631-665-2300

  • Association for Mental Health and Wellness: 631-471-7242

  • Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services: 631-853-8500

  • Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence 24 hr hotline: 631-979-1700

Things To Do:

Meditation apps with free content as well as free premium trials:

Apps for working out at home

At home yoga youtube channels such as Yoga With Adriene

Read a book through the Suffolk County Library Ebook system or the New York Public Library

Learn something new with one of these free Ivy League Online Courses

Take a virtual tour of National Parks, Museums around the globe from Travel & Leisure and Upgraded Points, and Zoos

Participate in NASA's at Home Activities

Watch a live virtual concert or watch one of the Met's opera streams

Take a break with a Buzzfeed Quiz

Get home project, craft, and recipe ideas from Pinterest

A list of all the movies on Netflix and Hulu

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency


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