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The world is a very different place than it was only a few months ago. Uncertainty, isolation and fear all add to our collective stress and can affect our mental health. Here are some resources that may help you or a loved one cope or get help.
Mental Health Month resources during Covid-19 pandemic
Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Worry – Fears about COVID-19 can take an emotional toll, especially if you’re already living with an anxiety disorder. But you’re not powerless. These tips can help you get through this stressful time.
How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing – Look, things are WEIRD right now. And really uncertain. Sometimes even scary. Honestly, we’re tired of saying it, and we’re sure you’re tired of hearing it, and we know everyone is tired of feeling it, so here’s what we’re all gonna do about it.
Check-In at Home – Check In At Home is for anyone, anywhere. It’s especially important to check-in on your mental health while you’re in quarantine. Here are six activities that will help reduce stress, get your body moving, put you in a positive mindset, and more!
General Resources from Mental Health America:
Live Mentally Healthy: https://www.mhanational.org/live-b4stage4
Online mental health screening offer individuals a quick, free and private way to assess their mental health and recognize signs of any problem before crisis occurs: MHAscreening.org
Questions about treatments: https://screening.mhanational.org/treatment
Online support: https://screening.mhanational.org/connect
Resources in Connecticut:
Talk It Out – For parents and caregivers who need someone to listen, to understand and to talk your feelings out.
Healthy Lives CT – provides information and tools for maintaining or regaining wellness in the areas of emotional wellness, physical wellness, holistic wellness, financial wellness, and recovery from addiction issues.
Warm Lines – For those who are feeling stressed or anxious and looking for telephone support.
The Hub – Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT. Connect with local mental health organizations and find information on their weekly blog.
NAMI Connecticut offers more than 70 FREE, confidential support groups across the state that are peer-led. They are facilitated by people who have experienced what you have/are experiencing. Many of them are associated with our affiliates across the state. During the current COVID-19 crisis, we have moved these groups online. Feeling anxious or depressed? You can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut (NAMI-CT) hotline at 860.882.0236. Workers are available to talk live, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
Other helpful sites:
New to gardening? Looking to spruce up your backyard? With the weather (finally!) starting to warm up, gardening is a great way to get outside and enjoy that home you’ve been staying in 🙂 It’s also a good way to discover the many health benefits gardening can bring!
Whether it’s vegetable plants, herbs, flowers or shrubs, this might just be the time to discover your green thumb. To help you get started or cultivate your own garden or lawn, here are some resources to help you enjoy the great outdoors at home!
How to Start a Garden 10 Steps to Gardening for Beginners
Or get inspired by listening to the NPR Podcast Live Kit – This Is A Good Time To Start A Garden. Here’s How
Or browse a variety of other books on these topics using Hoopla, the library’s free downloadable service for books, movies and music. More resources from our E-book collection:Continue reading →
EARTH DAY 2020 will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 22, and marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the environmental movement in 1970! This year while staying at home you can get outside, no matter the weather – enjoy the lovely scent of fresh air, clean up some litter, plant a tree, or simply enjoy companionship with nature.
While outside join other families (virtually!) across the state at noon on Wednesday, 4/22 by participating in the Connecticut Audubon’s Earth Day Backyard BioBlitz. Become an iNaturalist and share what living things you can find and identify in your own backyard!
It’s also a good time to brush up on your recycling know-how. Find out What’s In and What’s out in your recycling bin by asking the Recycle CT Wizard. Explore their website to learn the many ways recycling benefits Connecticut.
Happy Earth Day everyone!Continue reading →