This is a confusing and challenging time for our nation and with information and guidelines changing daily it can be difficult to know how to best talk to your child about COVID-19. The links below can help you learn and understand how to talk with them and help them manage their feelings of anxiety. Our community will get through this and we will identify more ways to support one another if the closure continues. Please know we miss our students and cant wait until we are all learning together again!
UNI provides a 24/7 CrisisLine for individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis. Call 1-801-587-3000 to be connected with a licensed clinician. UNI also provides an emotional support line 7 days per week, from 8am to 11am, call 1-801-587-1055.
SafeUT smart phone app- The SafeUT Crisis Chat and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through live chat and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone.
Licensed clinicians respond to all incoming calls and chats 24/7, use the chat feature in the app or call 1-833-372-3388
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
United Health Care provides a free 24/7 emotional support line open to anyone to call at 1-866-342-6892. The Optum Help Line is staffed by professionally trained mental health experts.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones at 1-800-273-8255.
Mobile Apps and Webpages:
Sanvello, a mobile app, is offering free clinically validated techniques and services during COVID-1
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Vibrant Emotional Health is a webpage offering resources and tools providing people with extra support in an emotionally safe environment. Vibrant administers the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is funded by SAMHSA.
Insight Timer, a mobile app, is the largest free library of guided meditations. There are practices for adults and children. Meditation can help decrease stress and improve mood, concentration and overall focus and awareness. https://insighttimer.com/areness
Self Care for Parents:
Resources about COVID-19:
Social Distancing and Depression
By Crystal Gregory, LCSW
SLCSD Social Worker
We have been asked to practice social distancing, which means that you may not be able to physically be around friends or certain family members. Social distancing and isolation can sometimes increase feelings of loneliness and sadness. Feelings of loneliness and sadness often go hand in hand with depression.
While electronic devices may help to keep us in contact with the people in our lives, they often to do not help us to feel connected to people. When we feel disconnected, we are often sad and can have feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. To combat these feelings, we must FIND CONNECTION with each other.
A great way, and safe way, to do this is to increase connection with family. Below, are ideas for you to increase connectedness and decrease feelings of depression.
Connect with Family:
Use this time to focus on connecting and building relationships with your immediate family members. We tend to spend more time on our devices than we do talking to the people that we live with. This week I challenge you to do one connecting activity with your family each day! Here are some ideas:
- Have a meal together without any electronic devices.
- Play a game with each other.
- Practice self-care together (exercise inside, meditate, read, goal planning etc. ).
- Do an act of service for someone in your family (do a chore without being asked, make someone’s bed for them, etc.)
- Call (not text) and talk to a friend or extended family member.
- What other ideas can your family come up with?
Here is a fun game to play with your family! Print or rewrite the questions on paper, cut them out, place them in a cup. Each person picks a random question out and either answers for themselves or asks a family member the question. Have fun!