Mental Health Guide
MENTAL HEALTH & CURRENT EVENTS
COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s normal to feel stress around COVID-19. The CDC  suggests these tips to help
you cope:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to the news — including on
    social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body:
  • Try to eat balanced meals
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Make time to unwind with activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about how you’re feeling.

Get Help
Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not an indication of weakness.

Experiencing emotional distress due to COVID-19? Call the Disaster Distress
Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746 to connect with a trained
crisis counselor.

Find a
comprehensive list of COVID-19 mental health information and resources  
through Mental Health America.

Talking With Kids
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has compiled resources for talking to
children about COVID-19. Feel free to explore those resources.

Here are some general tips from the
American Academy of Pediatrics :

  • Take care of yourself first
  • Watch for unusual behavior
  • Depressed/irritable moods
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Appetite changes
  • Social withdrawal
  • Ask what your child already has heard
  • Limit TV viewing surrounding COVID-19, especially for younger kids


Black Mental Health
When police brutality against Black Americans is at the forefront of the news cycle,
depression and anxiety can cause added stress.

If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Pennsylvania’s Commission on African American Affairs gathered the following
resources that can help:

Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma
The
Association of Black Psychologists  suggests these tips for self care when
experiencing racial stress or trauma:

  • Self-monitor for signs of stress
  • Restore the well that is you
  • Take a break from social media and the news
  • Fill the depleted well with positive, comforting thoughts and experiences
  • Rest and relax
  • Be intentionally kind and gentle with yourself and those around you
  • Let others replenish the well
  • Ask for help
  • Seek out comfort and conversation with those who love and understand you
  • Stay spiritually grounded with prayer and/or mindfulness
  • Remember your body
  • Practice relaxation techniques (such as deep breathing)
  • Release energy, tension, and strain to the body that comes from carrying
    stress and trauma
  • Walk, exercise, dance, stretch — whatever suits you!
  • Remember to breathe deeply
  • Stay informed, but monitor how often you’re checking in
  • Periodically turn of the news and tune into self-care
  • Be intentionally kind and gentle with yourself and those around you
Download the full self-care toolkit developed for and by people of African ancestry

Black Mental Health Alliance
The Black Mental Health Alliance  supports the health and well-being of Black people
and other vulnerable communities.

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