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!
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
Learn something new with one of these free Ivy League Online Courses
Participate in NASA's at Home Activities
Take a break with a Buzzfeed Quiz
Get home project, craft, and recipe ideas from Pinterest