Pandemics are stressful. (Duh.)
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is stressful for many people and affects us all. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and all of the changes, unknowns, and "what if's" can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing and isolation/quarantine can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:
Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
Worsening of chronic health problems
Worsening of mental health conditions
YOU ARE NOT ALONE; HELP IS AVAILABLE ...
More Immediate Crisis Help:
Call 911 for immediate help.
Kids' Link RI is a 24/7 hotline for parents and caregivers to get information on behavioral health services for children in crisis. Call 1-855-543-5465 to learn about options for treatment and counseling in Rhode Island. For under 18 call KidLink: 855-543-5465
Butler Hospital Behavioral Health Service Call Center, available 24/7 at 1-844-401-0111
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish), or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746. Spanish speakers from Puerto Rico can text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453
Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health
SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and TTY 1-800-487-4889
Mental Health Resources
Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
Safe Call Now (for first responders and their families) Tel: 1-206-459-3020
PeaceLove, a movement of hope and support for communities impacted by mental health disorders, helps people create peace of mind through expressive arts and a symbol of hope.
(Also visit the Self Care page for ways to deal with stress.)
IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE HELP:
Call 911. If unable to call, text 911 with your address.
Call RI Victims of Crime Helpline, available 24/7, at 800-494-8100.
Go to the hospital emergency department as soon as possible if you’ve survived a sexual assault. If you need help with this process, contact Day One at 401-421-4100.
Access the 24/7 Chat Helpline available through www.ricadv.org.
To report CHILD or ELDER ABUSE:
Report child abuse to 1-800-RI-CHILD.
Report abuse of a person age 60 years or older to the Office of Healthy Aging at 401-462-0555.
Are you or someone you know experiencing a substance use or mental health crisis? Call BH Link at 401-414-LINK (5465) and connect with a licensed counselor, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hablamos español.
SURVIVOR ABUSE RESOURCES:
This can be a dangerous time for people who live with an abuser. Help for survivors is available. Please reach out so you can get help. Also, Rhode Island law requires the mandatory reporting of known or suspected child abuse or neglect to 1-800-RI-CHILD.
RI Victims of Crime Helpline
RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Women's Center of Rhode Island
Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
Kent County, Cranston, Johnston,
Scituate and Foster:
Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
Domestic Violence Resource Center
Newport and Bristol County:
Women's Resource Center
In Rhode Island, reporting elder abuse is mandatory. To report abuse, please call protective services within the Department of Elderly Affairs at 401-462-0555.
In a true emergency, please dial 911.
St. Elizabeth Haven for Elder Justice
A program within St. Elizabeth Community that offers a safe place for an elderly victim of abuse to stay for a short period of time.
More Resources & Articles on Abuse & Violence:
"Are You Being Abused" - from WIH
"Personalized Safety Plan For Leaving" - from WIH
"Obstacles For Leaving A Violent Relationship" - from WIH
Resources from the RI Department of Health for survivors of Violence during the Coronavirus Pandemic - CLICK HERE!
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Resources on Grief:
"Grief and Loss" from the CDC
Boys & Girls Clubs
"Helping Teens Deal With Grief and Loss"
Rhode Island's only bereavement center dedicated to serving children and teens, ... to discuss how to talk about grief and loss with children during COVID-19.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
Virtual Support Groups and Resources Click Here
Red Cross Virtual Assistance Center Click Here
If you need to talk with someone,
Connect with the Red Cross immediately by calling us
toll-free at 833-492-0094.
Language services for non-English speaking callers will be provided.
Carson's Village helps families deal with complexities of loss, from organizing and paying for a funeral to healing from loss through therapy and every step in between.
Helpful Articles and More:
by Sarah Hagin, PhD, Bradley Hospital
by Dr. Lisa Langer, PhD
"Dealing With Anxiety During a Pandemic"
Rhode Island Strong.
We are strongest when we work together, whether it's wearing a mask in public, checking in on an elderly neighbor, preparing a meal for an exhausted front line worker ... I've heard so many wonderful stories of kindness. If you have a story to share or strategies that could be helpful to others ... we're asking you to please send them our way. We'll include this information on the Rhode Island Strong page (CLICK HERE!). Thank you for caring and thank you for sharing!
Rhode Island Stronger.
ChildMind.Org: We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.
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