When we watch, read or hear a lot of news about crisis situations, and especially when we are directly affected by them, we can become overwhelmed and anxious and struggle to cope. With the speed at which this situation has changed, the loss of routine and the amount of information available, it is perfectly normal to respond this way.
Every person handles these feelings differently and there are many things we can do to care for our own mental health and that of our loved ones during these difficult times, such as:
- Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage. Find time to disconnect.
- Find ways to connect with others in your life, such as via phone, online or outdoors with adequate social distancing.
- Help those in need, especially those who may be homebound and rely on others.
- Find an outlet, such as physical activity or creative or artistic activities.
- Talk to those around you about your feelings.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs as coping mechanisms.
- Keep regular sleep schedules.
To find helpful tips and information about coping during COVID-19, follow JCPH’s new blog series, Resilience, for mental health and wellbeing information. Este blog también está disponible en Español.
- CDC: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- CDC: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
- Jefferson Center for Mental Health: 303-425-0300.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline:
1-800-985- 5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.
- Colorado Crisis Services: 844-983-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255
- National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text “HELLO” to 741741)
- For more resources, visit our Jeffco Community Resources page.
Fact Sheet: Caring for your Mental Health During COVID-19
Coping with COVID-19: JCPH & Jefferson Center
On April 9, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and Jefferson Center hosted a telephone town hall focused on maintaining mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. JCPH’s Executive Director, Dr. Mark B. Johnson, provided a brief update on COVID-19 in Jefferson County. Jefferson Center’s CEO, Kiara Kuenzler, and several other experts shared mental health and wellness tips as well as local resources to support our community during this time. Community members also had an opportunity to ask questions and engage with the panel.