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Maintaining Mental Health During coronavirus

Dealing with the stress and anxiety during coronavirus may feel overwhelming. You may not have the same feelings as your classmates, coworkers, neighbors, family members, or others in your community — and that’s okay because everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.

In times of uncertainty, connecting with friends and family can really help in managing feelings of fear and anxiety, and be good for your health.

You Don’t Have To Be There To Be There

Find creative ways to reach out and stay connected with friends and family regularly:

Schedule virtual dinners or dance parties with friends

Start a virtual book club

Participate in online game nights

Plan to watch television shows or movies at the same time and video chat to share reactions

Enroll in remote learning classes or look up tutorials online

Go on virtual museum tours together

Share your favorite recipes or host a virtual cooking competition

Try a home workout together

Engage in live streams — from your favorite yoga studio to your favorite artists

Staying Connected

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Helping a Friend
Through This Time

You might be physically separated from your friends right now, but that doesn't mean you can't help them if they're struggling.

Self-care & Managing
Your Emotional Well Being

Increased stress and anxiety is common during this time, but remember that prioritizing your mental health is just as important as helping your friends.

In an Emergency

If you or your friend needs urgent help, call 911 right away, and follow the instructions given.

In A Crisis

You are not alone, and help is always available. Get immediate support 24/7. Reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting SEIZE to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free, and everything you tell them is confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or your friend safe.

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