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Healthy Ways of Coping with Stress​

During times of change and uncertainty it is even more important to incorporate self-care and structure into your schedule. And while your typical self-care routine may no longer be available, there are ways to stay healthy and remain connected. Every day take a moment (or more) to take care of yourself. Here is a list of resources to help practice wellness while physical distancing: 

Staying Well

Wellness While Physical Distancing [PDF

Quick Mental Health Tips Resource Card: 
[English] [Spanish], [Chinese], [Tagalog], [Russian]

Community Resource Guide
For behavioral health, food, financial and immigration support (PDF): 
[English]  [Spanish], [Chinese], [Tagalog], [Russian]

Coping Strategies
[Video] PDFs: [English}, [Spanish], [Chinese-traditional], [Chinese-simplified], [Tagalog], [Russian]

Dealing with Community Stress [PDF

Tips for Dealing with Grief [Video] [PDF]

CDC - Coping With Stress: CDC Website

Emotional Wellbeing and Managing Stress - California HOPE website

Resources For Specific Populations

Below is a list of COVID-19 resources for specific populations. The information is compiled from San Mateo County resources and other trusted organizations. 

Children, Youth, Teens, Families

San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Youth and Family (PDF)  [English] [Spanish]

Crushing the Curve Youth Campaign
Bay Area campaign to educate youth, teens and their parents about staying healthy physically and mentally during the pandemic https://crushingthecurve.me/

StarVista Parent Support Line:
(650) 579-0350 

StarVista Teen Website and Chat: www.onyourmind.net

California Youth Crisis Line 24/7:

TEEN LINE:

California Parent & Youth Helpline 

NAMI San Mateo County

  • Call (650) 638-0800 to get information, resource referrals and support for family members supporting loved ones with a mental health conditions or
  • namisanmateo.org

Childhelp National Child Abuse

Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19
(CA Surgeon General)

Older Adults

San Mateo County Older Adult Resource Line
(650) 780-7542 Monday–Friday, 7:30 am–4 pm

Friendship Line

  • (800) 971-0016 for 24/7 support if you are 60 years or older, or an adult living with disabilities.
  • Friendship Line Website

Senior Peer Counseling

  • (650) 403-4300 Trained volunteer counselors provide support in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog & LGBTQ adults over 55
  • www.peninsulafamilyservice.org

Older Adult System of Integrated Services (OASIS)

For San Mateo County residents, age 60 and over, dealing with mental health issues that impact their day to day functioning, call the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services OASIS team at  (650) 573-3689. 

First Responders, Law Enforcement, Healthcare Personnel

Fire & EMS Helpline 

  • Fire/EMS helpline website
  • Call (888) 731-3473 to get 24/7 help for a variety of behavioral health issues.

COPLINE 

  • COPLINE website
  • Call (800) 267-5463 to find support 24/7 for law enforcement officers.

CDC Healthcare Personnel and First Responders

CDC Tips for Emergency Responders https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/responders.asp

Substance Use Disorders Resources

San Mateo County Alcohol and Drug Line

Voice of Recovery San Mateo County

Peer to peer support for a lifestyle free of addiction. www.vorsmc.org

Find a treatment provider in San Mateo County

SAMHSA National Helpline

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service in English and Spanish.

www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders

Call the San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment team: 

(650) 573-2735 | www.smchealth.org/IMAT

Cannabis/Tobacco Use

RACISM & INEQUITIES

Since the onset of the pandemic, increased incidents of micro aggressions, racial profiling, and hate crimes in Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have occurred. The outbreak also highlighted how individuals with lack of adequate health insurance coverage, employment instability, economic uncertainty and limited ability to physically distance due to their work or housing situations are at greater risk of the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19.

Below are resources to help cope with racism and inequities during an infectious disease outbreak:

San Mateo County Health Equity Initiatives

Focusing on health disparities in access and quality of care for underserved, unserved and inappropriately served cultural and ethnic communities, including LGBTQ, Latino, African American, Chinese, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American & Indigenous Peoples, & Spirituality.

More COVID-19 Mental Behavioral Health Resources

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