How Do We Take Care of Our Mental Health? 
Our community is in a time of uncertainty right now with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Staying home, stopping our usual activities and practicing social distancing can create and enhance many feelings. It can be normal to have feelings of irritability, confusion, anger, fear, anxiety and depression. Keep in mind, we can take an active role in our Mental Health just as we can with our Physical Health. 

*Monitor and limit your exposure to information. Turn toward resources that are science based verses opinion or politically based. Focus on resources that will have the most current and correct information. Limit the amount of time per day to gather information. Don’t over indulge. 

*Manage Stress and build your resiliency by enhancing your coping skills. Take some time to be creative. Learn a new craft, build an item, or write stories or poems. Keep a journal of your response to this pandemic or start a daily gratitude journal.  Check out apps and podcasts for mindfulness, breathing/relaxation and mediation techniques. Find some uplifting TED talks or some good news (SGN) shows.  Maintain connection with friends and family. If they cross your mind, CALL them. Be creative – use technology in a new fun way. Check our Zoom, Google Hangout, Houseparty, or Facetime.  
Keep normal sleeping patterns, eat healthy and stay physically active. 
*Talk it OutThe need to express our feelings is natural.  Let it out, talk it out with a family member or friend. Ask for advise, support and suggestions. Don’t try to get through it on your own. We are all in this together. 

*Seek Additional Professional Support when you are unable to manage the stress/feelings or it is causing you to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Many medical providers are now doing telemedicine. You and connect with a counselor or doctor by phone or online. Contact your personal health insurance to find details for your policy. 

Community Resources:  

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • Maricopa Crisis Center: 602-222-9444
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
  • Teen Lifeline 602-248-TEEN (8336)
  • Doorways (Teen Counseling)602-997-2880