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.
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!
- Nami Mid-Carolina: Online Family Support Group (every Tuesday at 6:00 pm) and Online Connection Support Group (every Thursday at 6:00 pm)
- Family Network Support Calls - Phone in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in May.
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!
Managing Stress and Anxiety
- NAMIWalks Your Way Mid-Carolina: A Virtual Event
- 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
- Supporting your mental health while navigating change, 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
Helping Children Cope
- Wanna Talk About It? This month, AFSP joins Wanna Talk About It? a weekly series led by Netflix and Instagram where stars of popular Netflix movies and series, chat one-on-one with mental health experts including AFSP’s very own Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christine Moutier – who will be featured on May 14. The program will take place weekly to help viewers address some of the concerns they may have during the pandemic, including trouble sleeping, anxiety, and self-care, in a social-friendly, conversational style – almost as though you were hanging out together chatting about the things that are on your mind.
- 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)
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 Guide, by the Center for Workplace Mental Health
Resources for Clinicians
- 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