As the COVID-19 epidemic slumps into April, you might be having a tough time coping. We were happy to collaborate with DoNYC to share some guidance on coping during COVID-19 and support your mental health. The following was originally shared on their website.
The next few weeks are going to be strange and probably a little bit stressful. Remember that while the coronavirus is serious, your mental health is also important. It’s completely normal to feel sad, anxious, or overwhelmed, or feel other symptoms of distress, such as trouble sleeping. There are resources available for coping during COVID-19.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to your community for support. Call a friend or your therapist if you have one. Take some deep breaths or practice meditation. Cook a comforting meal you love. Watch a classic movie. Journal or read that book on your list.
And know that if your symptoms get worse, you can also call NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355) or text “WELL” to 65173. NYC Well is a confidential helpline that is staffed 24/7 by trained counselors who can provide brief supportive therapy, crisis counseling, and connections to behavioral health treatment and support in over 200 languages.
Remember, the Health Department is hard at work coordinating a response to the coronavirus, making sure people are safe, and sharing information about what you should do to keep yourself and your community healthy. FPHNYC , as the nonprofit partner to the Health Department, is also playing a role by sharing information, raising awareness, and gathering support for the rapid response necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19. We’re all doing the best we can, and we’re in this together.