Over the past few months, we have moved from a health crisis to an ongoing global upending of our economic, health, and social structures. We are all affected by this trauma and, we can become overwhelmed, anxious or struggle to cope. This is perfectly normal, given the speed at which this situation has changed, the loss of routine and the amount of information available.
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.
- Continue to find ways to connect with others in your life, such as by phone, online or outdoors with adequate social distancing and/or face coverings
- 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.
- Name your feelings and share them with someone you trust.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs as coping mechanisms.
- Keep regular sleep schedules.
- Do things that release toxins such as mindfulness, deep breathing, practicing gratitude or listening to music.
- Enjoy some time in the “vast, great outdoors.”
- CDC: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- CDC: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
- Jefferson Center for Mental Health: 303-425-0300.
- Colorado Crisis and Support Lines: Not only provide services for individuals in crisis 24/7, but they also have a support line for folks who would like someone to talk with about the stress they may be experiencing or any other mental health concern.844-983-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255
- 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.
- 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
Fact Sheet: Supporting Staff Through Grief
En Español: Apoyo al personal durante el luto
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.