The Suicide Prevention Line has provided resources and information to help support the public’s emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak
People who are feeling emotional distress related to COVID-19 can take actions to help support themselves and others:
- Set a limit on media consumption, including social media and local or national news.
- Stay active. Make sure to get enough sleep and rest. Stay hydrated and avoid excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol. Eat healthy foods when possible.
- Connect with loved ones and others who may be experiencing stress about the outbreak. Talk about your feelings and enjoy conversation unrelated to the outbreak.
- Get accurate health information from reputable sources.
Reliable sources of information about COVID-19:
Other helpful resources to support your mental and emotional wellbeing:
- CDC’s Manage Anxiety and Stress page provides information on what stress can look like and tips to manage that stress.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a guide for parents and caregivers to help families cope.
- SAMHSA’s“Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks page outlines the signs of stress and steps you can take to alleviate it.
- SAMHSA’s Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health page provides tips for social distancing, quarantine and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak.
- SAMHSA’s Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks page provides parents, caregivers and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak.
- Vibrant Emotional Health’s Safe Space provides interactive coping tools to help users when they need it.