Coping with COVID: Tips to Maintain Mental Health and Wellness for Individuals, Families, Parents and Caregivers

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From SD County Behavioral Health Services: The outbreak of infectious diseases such as the recent Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening, reading or watching the news. While it’s necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19, the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health.

It’s important during times like these to monitor your physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones. Refer to the Tips to Maintain Mental Health and Wellness guide for self-care and mental health recommendations that can be used for yourself, your families, friends, and co-workers.

Additional Resources from SD County Behavioral Health Services include Resources for Individuals, Families, Parents & Caregivers; and are available on the County’s website at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/bhs/covid19_resources.html

  • California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19
  • Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families during COVID-19
    • Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians daily at 10am and 4:30pm
    • Daily Tips
    • Links to resources for help with managing anxiety and discipline and behavior
  • A Mini Comic Book for Children Explaining the Coronavirus
    • Appropriate for younger children 2 to 7 years old
    • Available in multiple languages
  • NPR Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
    • Available in Chinese
    • Appropriate for parents to read with their elementary age school children (and older!)
  • PBS: How to talk to Your Kids about COVID-19
    • Tips, videos & resources
    • Appropriate for preschool and early elementary age school children
    • Includes links to appropriate episodes and videos of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, Curious George and Super Why!
  • San Diego County Office of Education
    • Includes educational resources, childcare resources, food resources
    • English and Spanish
  • Supporting Homebound Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak – For parents
  • Taking Care of Your Family During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks – For parents
  • Tips to Maintain Mental Health and Wellness – available in the following additional languages:
    • Arabic | العربية
    • Creole | Kreyòl
    • Farsi | فارسی’
    • Karen
    • Pashto | پښتو
    • Somali | Soomaali
    • Swahili | Swahili
    • Vietnamese | Tiếng Việt

Access to all Resources, including The Tips to Maintain Mental Health and Wellness Guide, is available in https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/bhs/covid19_resources.html

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