Well-Being Resources During the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Crisis

Student Outreach and Support, The Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being & Research, and The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life have complied resources to assist the Leo Community during this trying time. The university expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to utilizing these services.

If you are aware of resources that are not listed below, please email acamacho@laverne.edu to have them added to the list.

Mental Well-Being Resources

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

If you are in an unsafe situation, call for help using the National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year at 1 (800) 799-7233. If you are unable to speak safely, you can visit their webpage here or text LOVEIS to 22522. You are not alone.

 

Sojourn Domestic Violence Services

A shelter on the Westside of LA. While support groups are not available at this time, their hotline is always open for safety planning and peer counseling. They are accepting clients into their shelters. Their website can be accessed here.

  • 24/7 Hotline number: (310) 264-6644

 

CalHOPE Warm Line

Feeling frustrated? Stressed? Worried because of COVID-19. Then call to talk with people like yourself and get emotional support and coping tricks. California Hope can connect you with resources to help during these uncertain times. Call 833-317-4673.

 

TED Talks

TED Talks cover an array of topics in a way that is motivating and captivating. Below, you will find several links to learn more about the importance of tending to your mental health from experts in this area. 

Australia Counseling’s Best TED Talks About Mental Health list

TED Recommends Database of Mental Health Talks

Eli’s Place 10 Powerful TED Talks About Mental Health list

Study Breaks Magazine’s 8 Of The Best TED Talks For Understanding And Discussing Mental Illness list

 

Helpful and Informative Articles
“Anxiety is Also Contagious. Here’s How to Calm Down”

In this article, Mindfulness Magazine shares insight from a psychiatrist and mindfulness expert about how to cope with anxiety during “interesting times” and stay calm.

 

“Coronavirus: How to Protect your Mental Health”

This BBC News article provides tangible tips to provide your mental health during a time of uncertainty and constant news coverage about the pandemic.

 

“How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing”

With increasing numbers of people isolated because of quarantine and social distancing, loneliness is becoming an issue of great concern. This article discusses this in greater detail and offers practical steps to address this

 

“Managing Anxiety During COVID-19”

A pandemic is fertile ground for those who suffer from anxiety – here’s a short guide on how to manage it.

 

CDC Managing Stress and Anxiety

The CDC has released strategies and tips for coping with this stressful situation which can be found here.

 

CDC Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

CDC webpage with various resources regarding coping, including links to various websites and apps for virtual AA meetings to respond to suspensions in in-person meetings.

 

Controlling Coronavirus Anxiety

Psychology Today offers 7 strategies to manage the overwhelming anxiety many are experiencing during this public health crisis.

 

Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation

Tip sheet provided by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with information for taking care of behavioral health during times of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.

 

Mental Health Apps

During a time of social distancing, technology can be used to not only connect with others, but assist in our mental health journey. Below, you will find several links to learn about mental health apps. 

 

Psycom’s list of the 25 Best Mental Health Apps

Hello Magazine’s list of the 13 Best Wellness Apps

Very Well Mind’s list of the 7 Best Mental Health Apps of 2020

Digital Unite’s list of the Top 10 Mental Health and Well-being Apps

Free Mindfulness Apps

Down Dog Free Yoga App– All Down Dog apps (Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout) are free until May 1st so that people are encouraged to practice wellness during the pandemic. In response to the many school closures taking place, they are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). To access the free school membership, please register your school’s domain by visiting downdogapp.com/schools.

Happify- An app and website designed to help users overcome negative thoughts, stress, and life’s challenges using evidence-based solutions. They are offering a free set of tracks during this time to help users care for their mental health.

HeadSpace– Headspace is offering a collection of meditations and sleep/movement exercises to help people find some space and kindness for themselves and those surrounding them. *During COVID-19, Headspace is offering a part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.

 

Mental Health Resources for People of Color

Published by Online MSW Programs, this guide has complied informational resources for culturally diverse populations. Readers can find mental health resources, podcasts, and advocacy organization to help address behavioral and emotional health needs, treatment, and how to find care.

 

Lifeline Chat

Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.

 

211

211 is a vital service that connects millions of people to help every year. To get expert, caring help, simply call 211 or search by zipcode on their website for local information about essential needs, crisis and emergency, COVID-19, service providers and disaster assistance. 

 

Virtual Relaxation Room

The Virtual Relaxation Room is designed to be an interactive experience in which you learn to manage your worry or anxious feelings at your convenience. Their goal is not to eliminate all stress but to reduce it. A modest amount of what they call good stress can enhance your performance in many endeavors. Visit the Virtual Relaxation Room here.

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Resources

Google doc listing additional AA resources, including speaker tape websites and speaker tape apps.

 

Rehab Spot

In a sea of information, it can be hard to distinguish the facts. Our team is working to give you relevant and accurate information on COVID-19 and its ties to addiction and recovery. There have been reports of increased relapse rates due to the loneliness and anxiety that social isolation causes some people to feel. However, there are a variety of treatment options that are available during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Visist the Rehab Spot page for more information here.

 

Virtual Narcotics Anonymous Support Group

This webpage is a group of Narcotics Anonymous with daily online meetings where those seeking recovery can chat 24/7 for support and fellowship.

 

Alcohol Help

Rates of alcohol misuse are rising across the country as people spend more time alone and turn to substances in order to cope. Prevention strategies are vital now more than ever. Alcohol Help provides extensive information regarding alcohol use disorders and gives people with a chemical dependency the tools to reach sobriety. The goal of the site is to prevent alcohol misuse and create a healthier and happier community free from addiction.

 

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety

Shine, an award-winning app and community for people with anxiety and depression, created a project, Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety. On this website, you will find resources for anxiety and mental health in a global climate of uncertainty, such as, articles, meditations, videos, and Ask an Expert Q&A. 

 

Free Access to Slack for ALL Students

Knowing how important the simple act of connection and community is during this COVID-19 crisis, Moreno Valley College has partnered with the period brand just. to provide free access for ALL students to join the Active Minds Slack Network! Thanks to just., students across the nation will be able to join their National Chapter Network leaders and national office staff in sharing successful strategies they’re implementing to take care of themselves, to promote mental health to their now-remote campus communities, and to brainstorm new ideas on how to feel most comfortable in your new normal. Throughout the partnership with just., their goal is to reverse stigma around very normal aspects of health – like periods and mental health. Students interested in helping Active Minds to change the conversation about mental health can visit this website to gain free access to the platform, courtesy of just.

 

Free Virtual Recovery Meetings

During this pandemic, many in-person recovery meetings have been canceled or been made difficult to attend due to current safety measures. This resource offers online recovery support groups which will be available five times daily at 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, 6PM, and 9PM EST, along with one daily family and loved one recovery support meeting at 8PM EST. All recovery meetings are non-denominational, agnostic to any specific recovery pathway, and are open to anyone.

 

COVID 19 Los Angeles Community Resources

This extensive Google Doc includes numerous resources throughout Los Angeles County, including mental health resources. These specific resources can be found in the following sections: Undocumented Community, Trans/Queer Relief, and Mental Health

EkhartYoga

EkhartYoga is now offering free online yoga and meditation classes during the coronavirus outbreak to help decrease the physical and emotional affect this has had on the community at large.

 

Tri-City Community Navigator Program

Tri-City’s Community Navigator Program consists of highly trained individuals who specialize in linkage and referral to local resources. The purpose is to help people gain access to the services and support they need, both formal and informal. For services, contact Isela Moreno, MHSA Program Supervisor at (888) 436-3246 or imoreno@tricitymhs.org

 

Tri-City Mental Health Virtual Student Support Group

With meetings on Tuesdays at 1 P.M., this college support group is open for all students who are still on campus and who are attending school virtually from home. It will be focused on the pandemic, quarantine, social distance, and the effects. The group will also allow open discussion to allow the students to share any topics, thoughts, feelings, and will allow students to get in touch with each other and support each other during this hard time. To sign up or inquire further, email Tri-City at wellness@tricitymhs.org. A calendar of other resources being offered virtually by Tri-City can be found here.

 

The Steve Fund

Are you a young person of color? Feeling down, stressed or overwhelmed? Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond. You can also visit the Steve Fund website here.

 

Reducing Stigma

An educative resource to promote social support and check facts.

 

Active Minds

Active Minds is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students. Recognizing the challenges faced by students everywhere during these unique circumstances, Active Minds has created a special online hub for students to support their mental health during COVID-19.

 

Leader Self-Care Project

Online Virtual Support Circles. The Leader Self-Care Project is hosting a series of online virtual support circles to give workers in industries on the frontlines confronting the pandemic a safe space in which to share their experiences with peers along with strategies for survival and self-care. If you are a healthcare, grocery store, janitor/sanitation, warehouse, or transportation worker, email michael@michaelnobleza.com to register. Their website can be found here.

 

CredibleMind

CredibleMind provides medical information, practical tips, and mental health and wellbeing support in their COVID-10 Resource Center.

 

Wysa

Wysa is an AI chatbot to Cope with Isolation with exercises to help with stress, depression, and anxiety. They have developed activity packs for Isolation Stress and Pandemic Stress and are currently offering those for free to the public. They are also offering their entire platform for free to frontline healthcare workers.

 

Ca.gov Resources for Emotional Support, Well-being, & Managing Stress for Health

While we take action to lessen the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on our communities and our health care systems, it is also important to minimize the secondary health effects of this pandemic. Widespread stress and anxiety regarding COVID-19, compounded by the economic distress due to lost wages, employment and financial assets; mass school closures; and necessary physical distancing measures can result in an increase of stress-related health conditions.  You are not alone. The California Surgeon General has a simple guide with things you can do every day, at home, to help support your mental and physical health, utilizing six key strategies. You can also find more helpful stress-managing tips here.