Mental Health

  • If you have a background in Mental Health, serve as a volunteer. For more information, visit www.covid19.nj.gov (for NJ) or www.apps.health.ny.gov (for NY).
  • Care teams: Establish a “buddy” system (via online) to ensure vulnerable and hard-to-reach community members stay connected. Also don’t forget those who may be stigmatized.
  • Checking in on each other, create a phone tree for regular calls.
  • Exercise, yoga, meditation and prayer
  • COVID-19 Resources from National Alliance on Mental Health here.

Self-Care

  • Walk your neighborhood, park, woods, etc. Exposure to sun will increase Vitamin D.
  • Pray, Exercise, yoga, meditation.
  • Call friends, family, and church members to stay connected.
  • Write letters to people in nursing homes, who are quarantined, or home-bound.

Resources for Support Groups

SoberFun’s suggestions for joining AA meetings virtually

Mentor

  • Work with persons who are unemployed or are underemployed due to the pandemic.
  • Identify ways of generating income, such as:
    • Food delivery (for restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc.)
    • Connecting with friends, family, colleagues to see if there is another resource you can offer (e.g. running errands)
  • Virtually support children with their school work to assist parents/guardians/caregivers who are working from home
  • Lead virtual Bible studies and Sunday school classes for children and youth.
  • Have a gift that you would like to share (music, knitting, art, movement, cooking, reading to children, etc.)? Teach persons virtually!
  • Help others learn, set up and use technology that is new to them to help them stay connected. You can find technology resources here.