- 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.
- 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
- 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.