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SUNY and the Office of Mental Health have partnered to offer access to a free 24/7 text-based service for individuals in distress.
- The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people and cause some fear or anxiety. For information and tips you can visit the CDC page on Managing Stress and Anxiety.
- Constant Coronavirus news stories, changes in employment and concerns over loved ones may result in higher than average anxiety. However, everyone reacts different to stress and it is difficult to predict how you may feel. Learning to recognize and manage anxiety and stress will help you maintain good communication with those closest to you and build a stronger support community. In some cases, simple steps like Dr. Judson A. Brewer’s “brain hack” can help to break the anxiety cycle.
- Mental Health is a concern during this pandemic. To reach the NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline, please call 844-863-9314.
- New York State has partnered with HeadSpace to provide some Mental Health resources. The offerings include meditation for adults and children, mindfulness exercises, and much more.
- Additional Resources are also available through the state of New York Office of Mental Health Guidance.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also able to support people in distress and provide crisis resources for you or your loved ones by calling 1-800-273-8255.
Routines can be very helpful in times of stress. Consider adding these steps to your daily practice.
- Plan ahead: Structure your days, including social support. Make a schedule and stick to it! Include social time (by phone, skype, email or letter), take some time to get outside, even if it’s just to sit and get some fresh air.
- Exercise: Find some yoga videos on YouTube or take a walk around the block. Keep the blood flowing and change your scenery when you can to give you a fresh outlook.
- Diet: A balanced diet contributes to our daily feeling of health and readiness to take on whatever comes next.
- Sleep: Sleep on a schedule, going to sleep around the same time and waking up around the same time each day will help to stick to a routine.
- Counseling: If you see a counselor regularly, talk with that person about options. If you are considering seeking support, telehealth options are available.
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