March 30, 2020
Fears about the coronavirus pandemic and being socially isolated can significantly affect mental health. Whether you have a mental illness or are just feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed, it’s important to do what you can to support yourself and get help with you need it.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, but taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope. Here are some general tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to everyone’s mental health. Online and phone support is available through the National Distress Helpline, a free service to connect with a trained crisis counselor (available in English and Spanish).
Additional phone support options and self-care resources are available on the Marin Health & Human Services Behavioral Health and Recovery Services webpage.