The outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults, older adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Brigham Health's Department of Psychiatry has compiled the following tips based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are available below and can also be printed as PDFs in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Russian and Cape Verdean.
Check in with your loved ones often. Virtual communication, as listed below, can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated. Consider connecting with loved ones by:
Caring for a loved one can take an emotional toll, especially during an outbreak like COVID-19. Remember it’s important to take care of yourself too.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Some people may react more strongly than others. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:
We know that violence still happens and may even increase during this pandemic. Free and confidential services are available.
Passageway is a free, confidential and voluntary program offered at Brigham Health to any person experiencing control, abuse or safety concerns from an intimate partner or family member. Experienced advocates are available to offer counseling, support, advocacy, information and safety planning in English and Spanish. To reach an advocate, please call 617-732-8753 and leave a message. An advocate will return your call within 24 hours.
You can also visit the Passageway website here.
If you need to speak to someone immediately, the following hotlines are available 24/7:
Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team
The Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) offer the following services for individuals, families, and communities impacted by community violence:
You can access these services by calling the hotline for immediate support or by calling a Neighborhood Trauma Team. All services are free and private.
Caring for Yourself and Others During COVID-19
Managing Stress and Coping During COVID-19
Safety from Violence at Home and in the Community
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