In the era of COVID, we need to pay attention to the mental health of ourselves and others more than ever. Here are some resources to help.
Suggestions for relieving anxiety:
- Recognize and validate your anxiety. These are anxious times. It is normal, and anxiety helps you to prepare for the unknown.
- That said, distinguish between helpful and unhelpful thoughts. If you need to, limit news/media and limit screen time before bed.
- Seek out reliable information (note some of the links within this post).
- Accept that times are uncertain. Work to not be anxious or wrapped up in the uncertainty. In this case, seek out the things that are certain to you, such as your values.
- When looking at your values, find ways to act on them. How can you practice those values (delivering food to a neighbor, writing notes to a nursing home, etc.)
- Stay on as much of a schedule as you can. Keeping with normal shower, exercise, and meal times can help decrease anxiety and increase feelings of security.
- Distractions are good. Find time each day to watch a movie, read a book, Zoom with a friend, etc. Just a few minutes of distraction can ease you out of difficult thoughts and calm your mind.
- Remember that feelings of fear can spread. Put your fears into context; although it may seem that your fear is related, it may be something you don’t have to really be concerned with right now.
In the online ECC Library:
Review our Suicide Awareness Guide for information specific to this topic.
We have many books that can help you explore mental health issues. You can use key words to look up a specific issue, such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, or stress. Go here to search the library’s ebook collections. These two collections are a good place to start:
Springer: This collection has an emphasis on scientific materials, including psychology.
Ebook Central: This database covers many subject areas. Search a specific term for best results.
For articles, PsycArticles is a great place for psychology research. High quality, academic, peer reviewed articles are available on any psychology topic.
- Unlocking Us
- Relationship Alive
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Throwing Shade
- Mental Illness Happy Hour
- The Happiness Lab
- The Hilarious World of Depression
- The Mindspace Podcast
Credible Internet sites:
There are many places online where you can get support if you need it. Here are some options:
- ADAA.org (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
- Illinois Department of Human Services
- Check out specifically the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line: text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- NAMI.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741
- SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Through Elgin Community College:
Finally, we have great help right here at ECC: Wellness Services. They have a lot of support services that they offer students, including one-on-one sessions, support groups, crisis intervention and even a Wellness podcast. They are available to you remotely during this time. Wellness Services are offering scheduled phone sessions. To schedule an appointment with a wellness professional, please contact 847-214-7390 or email your wellness professional directly.