Coping With Coronavirus

By Amy Perry  |  March 20, 2020  |  Home
How are you doing?

Over the last few weeks, our emails and social media accounts have been filled with news about COVID-19, cancellations of activities and events, and messages about social distancing.

As the numbers of coronavirus cases rise, as we isolate ourselves in our homes, and as the days of uncertainty continue, we may notice an increase in anxiety levels, depression, and feelings of loneliness.

NAMI Vermont wants to make sure you are doing okay.  We want you to know that we are here for you during this time of rapid change and increasing uncertainty.  We have been working the past several weeks to identify innovative ways to bring you needed support and share helpful information with you.

More than anything, we want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  We are a community — the NAMI Vermont community — and we are all here for each other!

So, how are you doing?

How have you been adjusting this week to social distancing?  What are some of your coping strategies?  Are you finding your “new normal?”  Here is what some of our NAMI community has been up to this week:

  • Many have gone on walks around their neighborhood.
  • One member finished a long-delayed project and painted a room in her house.
  • Another NAMI Vermont member took an online dance class.
  • Some Burlington neighbors stood on their porches and sang “This Little Light of Mine” in unison.
  • Grandparents are video conferencing with grandchildren.
  • A childcare provider offered Storytime by way of video to her preschoolers.

We encourage all of you to find something to try this coming week to help you feel more connected with others! Remember that together, we are Vermont Strong!

Need Help During These Uncertain Times?

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text line: Text TALK to 741741

Guides and Resources for Coping During Coronavirus

NAMI COVID-19 and Mental Illness Guide

CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

MHA: Living with Mental Illness During COVID-19

Up-to-Date Information About COVID-19

CDC.Gov

HealthVermont.Gov

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