Mental Health during COVID-19

Updated July 9, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

This is a difficult time for everyone. Take some time to take care of your mental health in addition to your physical health. We’re in this together.

  • Reach out for support
    • Connect with the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health CARES team at 734-544-3050 for support and resources about ANY mental health question. The CARES line remains fully staffed and available 24/7 during the COVID-19 response.
    • Text SHARE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741
    • Even if you can’t be together physically, let trusted people in your life know about your worries, fears, frustrations, AND plans for self-care.
  • Stay connected to your loved ones and community as we engage in social distancing to keep each other safe.
    • Call or video-chat family or friends. Science shows that hearing a loved one’s voice comforts the brain.
    • Join virtual gatherings, like community meetings or free fitness classes and concerts.
    • Notice if you’re not reaching out because of low mood rather than social distancing reasons.
    • Check in with someone you trust for a few minutes every day.
  • Routines help us feel more grounded when things feel out of our control.
    • Staying active with things that feel productive and fun can help us manage the extra stress and anxiety.
    • Make a schedule for how you’ll structure today to balance work with time for self-care, relaxation, and (safe/virtual) social connection.
  • Limit information overload.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises, mindfullness or other methods of meditation.
    • It’s easy for our worries to get ahead of the current moment. As we face uncertainty it’s important to stay grounded in the present.
    • Michiganders can access a specially-curated collection of guided meditations, at-home workouts that guide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety. Available for free at www.headspace.com/MI
    • There are also many other meditation and mindfullness apps and online resources. We are not endorsing any products, but here is a list of some free apps: 
      • Insight Timer - mindfulness to reduce stress, anxiety, improve sleep and relaxation through guided meditations, talks, and music
      • Aura - improve sleep and reduce stress, anxiety through meditations, stories, music, and more
      • Breethe, Meditation & Sleep - Destress, sleep better, be healthier with meditations and music
      • Smiling Mind - guided meditations and mindfulness exercises for kids and adults
      • Stop, Breathe & Think - stay tuned in with your emotions and destress through mindfulness and compassion exercises
      • The Mindfulness App - relax, calm, focus, sleep
      • Clear Fear - helps youth manage anxiety symptoms
      • Combined Minds - helps families and friends provide mental health support
      • What’s Up – help to cope with depression, anxiety, stress, and more
      • Mind Shift - designed for young adults struggling with anxiety
      • Happify - mood training program
      • MoodTools - supporting people with depression

Additional Resources