The current pandemic has disrupted everyone’s life in one way or another. It is important to stay informed, but it is also important to take care of our mental and physical health. The New Lenox Fire Protection District has put together a list of resources and links to help provide important information on how to stay safe and healthy during this time.
CDC: What is COVID-19, how to stay safe and protected, what to do if you are sick, symptom self-check, and more:
• Daily life and coping: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/index.html
• Stress and coping: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
IDPH: Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders and Rules State information and numbers on COVID-19, testing, prevention, information for people of all ages, community guidance for businesses, organizations, day cares, healthcare, worship, schools and more
• IDPH Infographics: http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/media-publications
Will County Health Department:
• ILLINOIS CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE: 1-800-889-3931
• Email: DPH.firstname.lastname@example.org
• Will County Health Department COVID-19 HOTLINE: 815-740-8977, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• COVID-19 information: https://willcountyhealth.org/coronavirus-information/
• Illinois Department on Aging: Information on COVID-19 for older adults and caregivers. https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx
• CDC: Older Adults/People Who Need Extra Precautions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html
• Johns Hopkins: Caregiving for the Elderly: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-caregiving-for-the-elderly
• The John A. Harford Foundation:19 Resources for Older Adults, Family, Caregivers and Health Care Providers: https://www.johnahartford.org/dissemination-center/view/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-resources-for-older-adults-family-caregivers-and-health-care-providers
• University of Illinois at Chicago: COVID-19 Resources and Supports for Families: https://dscc.uic.edu/browse-resources/covid-19-resources-and-supports-for-families/
• 250+ Creative Ways to Keep Your Family Sane: https://rochester.kidsoutandabout.com/content/250-creative-ways-keep-your-family-sane-during-covid-19-crisis
• 25+ Virtual Field Trips: https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/
• Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families: https://www.gu.org/resources/covid-19-fact-sheet-for-grandfamilies-and-multigenerational-families/
• Child Mind Institute: Resources for Parents: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/
• Illinois Department of Human Services: Information on mental health resources.: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123603
• Healthline – Mental Health Resources: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health-resources#finding-therapy
• A new, free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, is now available for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division launched the hotline, which connects people with the mental health services and other support systems they need.
Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 552020 to connect with a counselor. The service is also available in Spanish by texting “HABLAR” to the same number.
Within 24 hours of sending a text to the hotline, residents will receive a call from a counselor at a local community health center. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous.
Individuals can also text 552020 with key words such as “unemployment,” “food” or “shelter” for help navigating state assistance services.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor. Both resources are available 24/7.
Resources for managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19:
• 4 Ways to Stop an Anxiety Spiral - https://youtu.be/-YB9eJjBtkE;
• 7 Ways to Boost Your Loved One’s Morale During the Coronavirus Epidemic: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/health/info-2020/boost-morale-during-coronavirus.html?intcmp=AE-HEA-BB-ART
• COVID-19: Tips for Mindfulness and Anxiety (article with stress-reduction videos)
One way to reduce stress and stay mentally and physically healthy is through exercise. Many gyms and yoga studios are currently offering free access to online classes. Some of these include YMCA, Life Time, 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness, Orangetheory and CorePower Yoga.
• Physical Health: https://www.insider.com/work-out-at-home-free-gym-fitness-resources-workouts-2020-3
• Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world - https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
• Local gyms:
o Reclaim Fitness: https://www.facebook.com/ReClaimFitness/?rf=335295793758519
o Anytime Fitness: https://www.facebook.com/pg/anytimefitness/videos/
o Fitness Premier: https://www.facebook.com/FPManhattan/