These are stressful times. COVID-19 affects everyone: Your neighbors, friends, colleagues, community, children, elder adults, family – even you.
If you need help coping, Swope Health is here for you. We mean it when we say we’re in this together! We’ll help you learn new coping skills, provide information to keep you and your family safe, and connect you with the resources you need.
Call Swope Health’s Missouri Show Me Hope Crisis Line at 816-321-3613. The crisis counseling program is confidential and free.
Some Quick Tips for Managing Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Take time away from news reports and social media to focus on things in your life that are going well and that you can control.
- Talk to family and friends. You can still stay connected while physically distancing from others. Remember, others may also be experiencing stress about the pandemic and may find it helpful to talk about experiences and feelings.
- Pay attention to your body. Recognize the early warning signs of stress and take time to renew your spirit through meditation, prayer, reflection or helping others in need.
- Keep stress under control by exercising, eating healthy, reading or using relaxation techniques such as yoga.
Show Me Hope is a Crisis Counseling Program offered through the Missouri Department of Mental Health with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additional resources:
- Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- COVID-19 Information from the Missouri Department of Mental Health Office of Disaster Services
- Self-Care Resources from the Missouri Department of Mental Health
- Stress and Coping from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Veterans support from Caregivers on the Homefront
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