We live in difficult times. COVID-19 has havoc on life in the U.S. and in other countries. In Ohio, where we’re based, restaurants, bars, schools, and other parts of society have shut down and residents have been asked to stay home if possible. Our office, too, has largely shut down, and our employees continue to work from home.
I have never seen anything like it, but I know we will prevail. In the meantime,
we will continue to provide you with service and support
. As parents or people who work in the behavioral and public health fields or with youth, you’re on the front lines right now whether you’re providing telehealth, mental health wellness tips, or helping a young person make sense of all this.
As I said, I’ve never seen anything like this. This is a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. It will require all of us to do our part. As the helpers, you know this and are doing your part. I want to help you take care of yourself while you help others.
Taking care of yourself is important during any crisis
. However, it’s challenging right now as many of us have lost access to our favorite coping mechanisms—time with friends and family, exercising at the gym, going to movies or concerts, and more.
To help you practice and role model self-care, we’ve compiled a list of tips for your benefit:
Get plenty of sleep and exercise
Eat nutritious meals
Avoid alcohol and drugs
Schedule time for activities you enjoy
Limit consuming the news, even on social media
Talk to friends and family. You can use technology to limit physical interaction if you’re concerned about spreading the virus.
If you find yourself in need of further help, you should consult a mental health professional. If you’re in a crisis, we recommend texting
Thank you for fighting the good fight,