Thursday, April 2, 2020

More Community Resources

You can never have too many resources for place to turn in the community if you need assistance. The guide at the link below was put together by our Swedish School-Based Healthcare colleagues and has tons of resources for COVID-19, but also for any of the other needs that can arise when you're staying home all the time. There's information about Food assistance, Mental Health assistance, LGTBQ concerns, Financial assistance and more.

Health and Community Resources

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Things to do...

Our advisor, Lori, passed along this list of things to do during our stay at home order, ranging from free online performances to online educational opportunities. Pretty nice to have all in one place!

Free Activities and Resources While You are Stuck at Home

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mental Health Wellness Tips

If it seems like I keep harping on the mental health dimension, it's only because maintaining our mental health during the current situation is both crucial and challenging. These are extraordinary times, requiring skills and knowledge that we haven't learned or practiced to a sufficient degree so that we can rely on them. Mental health is squishy; we're all wired differently, and different things work for different people. My hope is that you will find something that works for you.

This morning, I found this terrific resource of 25 actionable tips to help support your mental health as we get deeper into our 'stay at home' order:

Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine

Some examples (but definitely check out the link!):
13. Lower expectations and practice radical self-acceptance.
This idea is connected with #12.  We are doing too many things in this moment, under fear and stress.  This does not make a formula for excellence.  Instead, give yourself what psychologists call “radical self acceptance”: accepting everything about yourself, your current situation, and your life without question, blame, or pushback.  You cannot fail at this—there is no roadmap, no precedent for this, and we are all truly doing the best we can in an impossible situation.

17. Find something you can control, and control the heck out of it.
In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world.  Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys.  It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

23. “Chunk” your quarantine, take it moment by moment.
 We have no road map for this.  We don’t know what this will look like in 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month from now.  Often, when I work with patients who have anxiety around overwhelming issues, I suggest that they engage in a strategy called “chunking”—focusing on whatever bite-sized piece of a challenge that feels manageable.  Whether that be 5 minutes, a day, or a week at a time—find what feels doable for you, and set a time stamp for how far ahead in the future you will let yourself worry.  Take each chunk one at a time, and move through stress in pieces.

Thursday, March 26, 2020


Our friends to the north in Canada have coined a term that I hope gains traction everywhere. Caremonging. Caremongering is compassion in action. Caremongering is strangers helping strangers, it's getting food and other essentials to vulnerable people, it's asking a neighbor if they need anything from the store or pharmacy when you're going anyway. Caremongering empowers us to take action at a time when it's easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless.

More on Caremongering:
Caremongering in the time of Coronavirus: Random Acts of Kindness and Online Enrichment
You Are Not Alone in this...
The 'caremongers' getting food and essentials to the country's most vulnerable
Coronavirus: Kind Canadians Start 'Caremonging' Trend
In Canada, an inspiring movement emerges in response to the coronavirus
There's even Self-Caremongering...

And on social media, #caremongering

Flip the script...

When I came across this, I realized that I was the person saying "it looks like the end of the world." I was happy for the reminder that our social distancing is an act of compassion. How we choose to view things matters, for ourselves and others.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Covid-19 Resources

Thanks to the great work of Rachel Auffant, counselor at Beaver Lake, there is a great list of resources for parents and families for dealing with the full spectrum of impacts due to the coronavirus pandemic. You'll find it on the navigation bar at the top of this blog. There are resources for coping, managing anxiety, financial assistance, staying busy, and more. Check it out!

Teen Mental Health Resources

Safeguarding our mental health in uncertain and stressful times often means we need additional support. My colleagues at Skyline High School have put together a great guide to mental health resources in our community that runs the gamut from crisis services to therapists in the area.

Teen Mental Health Resources