Feeling frazzled? You’re not alone!
The pandemic has left no area of our lives untouched or unchanged. To cope with the added stress, a wealth of mental health resources have come available, most at low to no cost. In fact, your Fontana Regional library card unlocks many cool resources! Every mental health resource you find below is totally free and available to use from the comfort of your own home.
Libby/Overdrive is Fontana Library’s choice application for borrowing and reading books online – with your library card, you can access thousands of e-books and audiobooks. There are currently two e-books available which specifically discuss managing stress in the pandemic:
Both e-books have about a two week wait (so go ahead and add your name to the list!). However, Brendan Kelly has further authored this short essay with good advice on how to manage our thoughts and ways to talk to children about the pandemic. He also created this helpful YouTube lecture to explain some of the key concepts in his book:
Kanopy is a video streaming service which library card holders can access for free. Kanopy currently offers several video series on understanding and harnessing stress:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
- CBT is the golden standard for fast, effective therapy that can help us positively re-frame stressful situations today. This is an incredible resource for accessing therapeutic measures without the cost barriers of traditional therapy.
- How to Make Stress Work for You
- How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy
Universal Class is a newer resource for library card holders. Universal Class offers self-paced, online courses covering hundreds of topics, and I specifically recommend the following:
- Anxiety Therapy 101
- Depression Management
- Stress Management
- The Art of Breathing (This course is highly recommended!)
Coping Techniques and Resources
- Official CDC Guide to Managing Pandemic Stress
- Guide to Coping with Stress Related to Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Coronavirus Sanity Guide by Ten Percent Happier
- This site offers free guided meditation podcasts specifically oriented around coping with COVID related anxiety.
- This is a fun, interactive website which provides activities for either Connection, Coping Tools, or Distraction, depending on your mood!
Telephone Counseling Services
- Appalachian Community Services is a local organization offering free 30 minute telecounseling sessions to anyone struggling with pandemic related stress.
- Call 1-833-698-4357
- Request an appointment online.
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7, immediate telecounseling for those suffering from pandemic related stress.
- Call 1-800-985-5990
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- National Domestic Violence Hotline supports domestic violence victims who are uniquely impacted by the pandemic. Learn how to help yourself or someone you know.
- Call 1-800-799-7233
- Text LOVEIS to 22522
- Online chat is also available: thehotline.org
- Emergency Mental Health Contacts: if you or someone you know is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, call 911 or dial one of the numbers below:
- Emergency Mental Health Hotline: 1-888-315-2880
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Remember, we are in this together!