Resources to Help Cope with Coronavirus
As we each do our part to safeguard the physical health of our families, friends, coworkers, community, and selves, we must also do the same for our mental health. To help, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) has gathered some tools and resources to help cope with the stress and anxiety during these uncertain times.
Please browse through and share the resources on this page, which include topics from physical distancing and coping strategies to resources for parents and health providers. The resources below have been collected to assist those in need in finding potential emotional support tools at no cost. It is not intended to replace the advice of medical/mental health professionals.
SC Hopes Survey
The COVID-19 pandemic caused many challenges and problems for many people. Our crisis counseling project, SC Hopes, tries to help people cope with the stress of recovery. Please complete a brief, anonymous survey, to let us know how we are doing. Your response will help us ensure SC Hopes continues to be a positive resource for our state. Click Here or go to http://bit.ly/SCHopesSurvey to complete the survey by October 16.
Lexington Richland 5 Schools has added a new video to its School Re-entry series, focused on social and emotional health, with information from District Behavior Specialist Lucy Bailey and SCDMH's own Jennifer Butler.
Click to watch SCDMH's Greg Smith, MD, from the Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center, talk about COVID-19 and Mental Health on the Aiken Chamber of Commerce's Ask the Experts Series, from August 5.
Federation of Families - SC Family TeleSupport Network Group Call - Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm
NAMI Mid Carolina offers virtual support group meetings. For information go to https://namimid-carolina.org/meetings-support-groups/ or go to NAMIMidCarolina.org
Mental Health and COVID 19, AFSP Resource Guide
Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources
Click here for an extensive guide from Mental Health America of the US that provides a wealth of resources, from general information about physical distancing and coping strategies to resources for parents and mental health providers. This page has something to help each of us!
Download MHA's free 2020 Back to School Toolkit
Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Happiness Calendar: It's Optimistic October! Use this handy calendar from Action for Happiness to help you mind your mental health! https://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/922208/october_2020.jpg
- Action Calendar: For Families. Use this handy calendar from Action for Happiness to help you and your family during challenging times. https://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/903952/calendar_for_families.jpg
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak - SAMHSA
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Preventing and Managing Stress
- PBS NewsHour: Mental health expert answers your questions on coping during COVID-19
- Taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty, Dr. Doreen Marshall, AFSP Vice President of Programs
- How to prevent loneliness in a time of social distancing, Kasley Killam, Scientific America
- CDC tips for managing anxiety & stress
- OAMHC officials offer stress reduction tips amid coronavirus pandemic,
Published in the Times and Democrat, author
- Mind Matters: Productive Anxiety - By Dr. Greg Smith, Published in the Aiken Standard
- How to #BeTheDifference for People with Mental Health Concerns During COVID-19, Mental Health First Aid USA
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, SAMHSA
- Recorded on 5/15/2020, Twin City News's TCN Around Town podcast -Lexington County Community Mental Health Center's own Gariane Gunter, MD, talks about how to deal with the many feelings and fears that have come with the COVID-19 outbreak and the changes it has brought to our day-to-day way of life. Check it out!
Helping Children Cope
- Our children are facing stressors just like we are during these difficult days. SCDMH's Chris Haines talked to the Greenville Journal about how to help kids cope. Click to read: Pandemic isolation may harm children’s mental health: How can parents and guardians help? 10-1-20
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
- Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster, A Resource for Parents and Caregivers (CDC)
- Looking for guidance to talk to kids about COVID-19? The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has put together an activity book for kids to help them understand.
- Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) - SCDHEC
- Cómo cuidar de su salud conductual: CONSEJOS PARA LIDIAR CON MEDIDAS DE PRECAUCIÓN DURANTE UN BROTE DE UNA ENFERMEDAD CONTAGIOSA: DISTANCIAMIENTO SOCIAL, CUARENTENA Y AISLAMIENTO - SAMHSA
- Cómo hablar con los niños: CONSEJOS PARA LOS CUIDADORES, PADRES Y MAESTROS DURANTE UN BROTE DE UNA ENFERMEDAD CONTAGIOSA
- COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMACION Y RECURSOS - NAMI HelpLine de lunes a viernes entre las 10:00 a.m. y las 6:00 p.m. ET (800) 950-6264 2 Información general sobre COVID-19 Continuamos aprendiendo sobre los efectos del virus COVID-19 y cómo afecta a las personas. www.nami.org
Working from Home
- Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being - APA Foundation, Center for Workplace Mental Health
Resources for Clinicians
- You Can Watch the First Lowcountry Mental Health Conference Speaker Spotlight. The Lowcountry Mental Health Conference held the first event of its Speaker Spotlight series yesterday, October, 15, 2020, featuring psychotherapist, professor, and New York Times bestselling author Thomas Moore, Ph.D. Click here to watch his presentation, "The Soul of Psychotherapy". There will be three more presentations in this series, the next of which will be in January - to learn more and register, visit https://www.lowcountrymhconference.com/spotlight/!
- From SC Public Radio, 8/27: Scott Morgan takes a look at mental health among healthcare workers during COVID-19. https://www.southcarolinapublicradio.org/post/its-not-about-superheroes-very-human-toll-covid-takes-frontline-healthcare-workers
- Managing mental health during COVID-19, AMA
- Handout - Centering Skills, Dovetail Learning
- Handout - Protective Patterns, Dovetail Learning
- Infographic - Combat Stress with Self-Care, Mindwise Innovations/SCYSPI
Learning self-care and coping techniques can help manage stress and pressure to keep you feeling happy and healthy.
- Infographic - Self-Care Strategies for Resilience, AFSP
Distance Learning Opportunities
Each month, ETR provides compilations of available Distance Learning Offerings. Be sure to run the power points listed below as a slide show. When you click on the title of the offering it will take you directly to the site. These are excellent ways to obtain continuing education credit and you can take them as your time permits.