Mental Health & Wellness

Man stressedThe outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening to, reading or watching the news. While it’s important to stay updated and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19, the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health.

It’s important during times like these to monitor your own physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones.

Here are a few resources, credible information sources, and self-care tools for your mental health and well being. 

Local Resources:

SLO Hotline
Providing free therapy services to help you cope during COVID-19. For additional health and wellness resources, access SLO County’s Virtual Assistance Center.

Psychology Today
If you or a family member would like to talk to a professional, there are many resources available for emotional support within our community. Find a local therapist through Psychology Today.

Local therapists are available for virtual counseling sessions. At this time, nearly all insurance companies are covering these video appointments. Some insurance companies are waiving the co-payment as well.

Outstretched HandThose with MediCal coverage should contact the Holman Group at 800-321-2843 to be connected with a therapist.

Connect with Mindful Kindful University’s Dee DiGioia to learn more about local support for adults seeking to enrich their mindfulness practices.

Additional Resources

The Wellness Society:  Corona Virus Anti Anxiety Workbook
A comprehensive guide to help combat stress and anxiety during this time.  This guide is filled with activities to help identify emotional stressors and to lower your stress and anxiety levels.

The CA Surgeon General offers Stress-Busting Strategies in this playbook for stress release during COVID-19.
“Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships can protect our brains and bodies from the harmful effects of stress and adversity. Healthy nutrition, regular exercise, restful sleep, practicing mindfulness, staying connected to our social supports, and getting mental health care can help decrease stress hormones and improve health.” —CA Surgeon General’s Playbook