If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.
You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.
Feelings of worry, stress or fear can be scary and affect your mental and physical health. It’s important to remember that these feelings are normal, especially during a crisis, and can vary in severity from mild uneasiness to intense emotions depending on the person.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 pandemic can cause strong feelings of stress for adults and children, including:
If you’re experiencing any of these, there are ways to manage your symptoms and cope while maintaining physical distancing.
The CDC recommends a few ways to cope with feelings of stress, including:
The World Health Organization (WHO) also recommends key self-care strategies to take care of your mental health and well-being while at home:
You can also use self-care tips from the MHFA curriculum, including relaxation therapy and light therapy to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Knowing which tools are available is a good first step when it comes to dealing with feelings of stress and anxiety. Everyone experiences — and manages — stress in different ways. If these self-care strategies don’t work for you, consider reaching out to loved ones or an online therapist for additional support and #BeTheDifference for yourself.