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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We all know that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving and we can also see the rising anxiety in our communities, which is both natural and to be expected.  We want to help create calm in the midst of uncertainty which is best done in providing trusted information for our fellow neighbors.  Too much information can create unintended increases in anxiety as people are left with trying to sort out what is credible and useful information. 

We have compiled a list of the most credible and valuable information for specific audiences who would like guidance on coping with the emotional toll with the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.  The best recommendation is to stay grounded in up-to-date factual information from the  CDC Coronavirus webpage and the Pa. Department of Health webpage and following their guidelines for proactive, preventative self- and other-care measures.  Please review the following sources addressing how to navigate the uncertainty and manage the natural anxieties associated COVID-19:

Coping Strategies for the COVID-19 Crisis: 
Hallmarks of Self-Care Part 1: Introduction

Coping Strategies for the COVID-19 Crisis:
Hallmarks of Self-Care Part 2: Staying Connected

Coping Strategies for the COVID-19 Crisis:
Hallmarks of Self-Care Part 3: Three Tips to Keep You Grounded

Coping Strategies for the COVID-19 Crisis: 
Hallmarks of Self-Care Part 4: Three Keys to Self-Care

Coping Strategies for the COVID-19 Crisis: 
Hallmarks of Self-Care Part 5: Watch What You’re Watching – Limit Media


For All Ages:  Coping with the Natural Worries with Coronavirus:

Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus (with an additional Podcast about Coronavirus Anxiety):  https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics

American Psychological Association -- https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics

CDC: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the Mental Health Department as support for mental and psychological well-being during COVID-19 outbreakhttps://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2

Staying Calm (PDF) Coping Tips Developed by the Experts at WellSpan Philhaven

As we traverse the unknown terrain of the COVID-19 epidemic, we must care for ourselves in order to care for our loved ones. Tom Crotty, PhD, Psychologist at WellSpan Philhaven, shares four M’s of mental health that are especially true in this difficult and stressful time. Be encouraged! We are here for you. We are all in this together.  

If you’re feeling good some days and not so good others, you are not alone - and this video series is for you. We are all figuring out what comes next in this COVID-19 pandemic. Taking care of ourselves and each other and holding on to hope is still the order of the day. Mike Diller, PsyD, director of WellSpan Health’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) introduces the series in this short video. Be encouraged! We are here for you. We are all in this together. 

For Families:

Back To School ToolkitWith many teachers conducting classes remotely, and many families
navigating virtual learning, it's important for parents, caregivers and teachers to work together to support each other - and be there for students. 

As we enter a new, very uncertain school year - it’s important for parents, caregivers, and school personnel to know the signs that a young person is struggling with their mental health. Teachers, students, and parents have now been put at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s remote learning or uncertain re-openings - the stress and anxiety is palpable. 

Our 2020 Back to School Toolkit helps students, parents and school personnel navigate the uncharted territory of COVID-19

This year's toolkit includes:

  • Fact sheets for parents/teachers
  • Fact sheets for children/teens
  • Key messages and statistics
  • Sample drop-in article
  • Sample social media post language and images

Talking with Children About Coronavirus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

For Institutions of Higher Education: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

Fast Facts for Parents: Coping with Unanticipated Change (PDF)

Sample Daily Schedule for Families with Children at Home (PDF)

Health Care Toolbox’s resource for helping your child cope during COVID-19


Learn at Home Resources:

Scholastic Learn at Home: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/articles/resources/scholastic-learn-at-home--free-resources-for-school-closures.html# 

TEDEd: https://ed.ted.com/

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org

Duolingo: Learn a language for free: https://www.duolingo.com/


For Employers:

Dedicated Employer Support by WellSpan Health
We are committed to supporting your total health and well-being needs. Here are support tools to help you and your organization:

New Resources for Employers web page that contains up-to date resources. Please visit this site periodically for new WellSpan updates.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Responding to Coronavirus. The latest resources, guidance and insights to protect American businesses, workers and families - Click Here.

Guidance For Employers - Click here to download guidance for employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus (PDF).

Workplace Tips - For workplace tips and resources for employers to combat the virus, please click here (PDF).

Resilience in a Box - If your business needs help putting a plan in place, click here to use the U.S. Chamber Foundation's toolkit created in partnership with the UPS foundation.

How Leaders Can Mazimize Trust and Minimize Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is dedicated to helping business across the Commonwealth. Now that the coronavirus has made its way to the U.S., Pennsylvania businesses are inquiring about information to be prepared to help their company, their employees and their families.

Lancaster County Chamber upcoming webinars:  https://www.lancasterchamber.com/Apps/Pages/lcci-home


COVID-19 Resources in Other Languages

Spanish: https://www.wellspan.org/coronavirus-en-espa%C3%B1ol/

Other Languages: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/other-languages?Sort=Lang%3A%3Aasc&fbclid=IwAR3KfZYvRs80qjsUN7x38D8siDYt2PzLgIUj-1x6lal47itnPNb7SYDq5qM

Fight COVID-19 Poster - Spanish

Seek Immediate Medical Attention If - Spanish

If Someone in your House is Sick - Spanish


Working from Home Resources:

Working at Home with Kids (PDF)

Working Remotely During COVID-19 Your Mental Health & Well Being 


Taking Care of You: Self-Care Resources

Coronavirus Sanity Guide, a resource filled with practical, actionable ways of coping with fear, stress, and anxiety – guided meditations with top teachers in the field, podcasts, blog posts, and full talks.

Every weekday at 3pm EST, 10% Happier offering a free live sanity break, featuring Dan Harris from ABC News and some of the world's best meditation teachers. They'll start with a five-minute meditation, and then take questions from the audience. You can catch the episode at tenpercent.com/live

Local Free Yoga via Facebook Live – visit their page on Facebook, like the page and it’s free to join in on their Facebook live yoga sessions!

  • House of Yoga, York
  • SWAY Yoga, York

Buzzfeed’s Quarantine Today Newsletter - You'll get daily updates on ways to make working from home work, tasty recipes, cleaning tips, long-reads, and more. https://www.buzzfeed.com/kebornholtz/lets-wfh-together-with-our-quarantine-today-new-5xqeak1tzg

Hundreds of workouts from celebrity trainers and fitness experts plus POPSUGAR’s exclusive multi-week curated fitness plans – all free!

Free resource through Calm with meditations, stories, music talks and more to support mental and emotional wellness https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breathutm_source=lifecycle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=difficult_times_nonsubs_031720

Free resources from Headspace; meditations, sleep and movement exercises. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 

Being resilient during coronavirus https://www.rickhanson.net/being-resilient-during-coronavirus/

Free Wednesday Meditations with Dr. Rick  Hanson 

Free 90 days of digital classes from Peloton – yoga, meditation, running, cycling and more!  https://www.onepeloton.com/digital/checkout/digital-90d

Over 400 FREE online classes from Ivy League Schools 

Yale’s most popular class - free online

Stay Calm & Reduce Fear during the COVID-19 pandemic handout. With coronavirus (COVID-19) now a global pandemic, anxiety and stress levels may be higher than normal for many people. If you already struggle with mental health problems, you may worry about the impact of COVID-19 on your condition. Here's what you need to know about COVID-19 and mental health, and how to keep yourself calm during the outbreak.

21 Things to You Can Do While You're Living Through a Traumatic Experience

Taking Care of Yourself During Difficult Times- Common reations and suggstions for coping. News reports and discussions with family and friends about Coronavirus (COVID-19) may bring about some strong emotional or physical reactions. It is very common, in fact quite normal, for individuals to experience waves of emotions during stressful events or uncertain times.

Here at PMHCA and Youth MOVE PA we understand the toll social isolation can take on our mental health. Connecting online can be a good way to alleviate this issue. PMHCA and Youth MOVE PA will be hosting a series of “Virtual Drop-In” zoom meetings to help reduce the sense of social isolation we can experience during this difficult time. These are NOT clinical or therapeutic groups!

York County complied this list to inform various constituencies on resources available to you in your place of business, your employment status, and day to day lives. With this information, we cannot emphasize enough to prepare, not panic and allow these facts to help guide you throughout this time https://www.preparedyork.com/

Online Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Meetings:

Narcotics Anonymous: General Online meeting list: https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/text-results.php?country=Web&state&city&zip&street&within=5&day=0&lang&orderby=distance

Alcoholics Anonymous: From this link you can connect with any state in the US and Canada: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-aa-resources

General Online Meeting Listing: http://www.aa-intergroup.org/directory.php

York Area Intergroup Site: https://york-pa-aa.org/alternate-meetings/


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