The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in individuals and families remaining quarantined in their homes for long periods of time. The isolation and loneliness felt by those who are disconnected from their family, friends and co-workers can lead to physical symptoms related to stress. These physical symptoms include high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, and a weakened immune system. Human connection is a protective factor, but how can humans stay connected when they are physically separated? We can connect through kinship and kindness, which can both be practiced, even from a distance.
Research indicates that feeling supported is enough to adapt to stress, so don’t hesitate to reach out for support – it could keep you healthy!
Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19
CARE 7 Resources
CARE 7 provides a wide range of free service coordination and navigation for veterans. Learn more here.
CARE 7 Youth Specialists are providing social and emotional support to Tempe students while schools are closed. Youth Specialists work with students in high schools in the Tempe Union High School District and middle schools in the Tempe Elementary School District. Students who were previously seeing a youth specialist on campus, or who have a need now, can still connect via email.
Desert Vista: Rang Ly at email@example.com
Compadre: Sylvia Lopez at Sylvia_lopez@tempe.gov
Corona Del Sol: Eskesha Clark at Eskesha_clark@tempe.gov
Marcos De Niza: Tristyn Rivas at Tristyn_rivas@tempe.gov
McClintock: Elizabeth Cling at Elizabeth_cling@tempe.gov
Mountain Pointe: Lorena Valle at Lorena_valle@tempe.gov
Tempe High: Mike Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyrene Middle School: Jared Sidman at email@example.com
Connolly Middle School: Michelle Perin-Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org
National, State and Local Resources
Are you feeling stressed and anxious about the coronavirus pandemic? That is normal. These resources can help you learn how to manage these feelings for yourself and your family, stay informed about social distancing, understand the importance of self-care and much more to stay well during this difficult time.
VeryWell Mind – Coping with COVID-19 (Multiple topics and tips, including how to manage financial anxiety, how to be a good quarantine partner, and the stress of working from home.)
Greater Good – When COVID-19 Anxiety is Useful and When It Isn’t
Help is available without having to leave home. In addition to free counseling sessions being offered by CARE 7, these resources are open to children and adults. These resources may require payment for services and/or accept insurance.
Local nonprofits and organizations are providing assistance with food, utility bills, shelter and more during the pandemic. Find resources here and also on the City of Tempe’s coronavirus page.
Tempe Community Action Agency (Emergency assistance during COVID-19.)
Arizona Food Bank Network (Parents and Caregivers may also text FOOD, or COMIDA to 877-877 to find the nearest sites.)
Arizona Department of Housing COVID-19 Eviction Prevention (Link to application for financial assistance.)
Some local organizations and businesses are providing child care on a limited basis. Find more details through these resources.
Care.com (Offering a free month of premium membership for front line workers.)
Victims of crime continue to need support during the pandemic. In addition to services provided by CARE 7 Victim Advocates these online resources can help with safety planning, orders of protection and injunction against harassment, and other needs.
Telehealth, housing and other services are available to veterans through these local, state and national resources. CARE 7 also provides a wide range of service coordination and navigation for veterans, learn more here.
BeConnected Arizona (Veteran centered services available in Arizona.)
Mesa Vet Center (Counseling services)
Chat online Text Option - 838255
Post 9/11 Military Relief Fund (For eligible Veterans that deployed to OEF/OIF/OND.)
Pre 9/11 Military Relief Fun - (For eligible Veterans that deployed prior to 9/11.)
MyHealtheVet (Also the Virtual Veteran Resource Center (VRC) can be reached by a direct number of 602-222-2774 or through MHV secure messaging.) For VA eligible and enrolled Veterans.
Older adults will find resources specific to them on the City of Tempe’s coronavirus page as well as through these websites focused on staying connected.
Same Resource on You Tube - Social Media for Beginners (Videos for multiple platforms, including Facebook, Skype, Twitter.)
Teens and pre-teens may already be struggling with general anxiety and stress from daily life. Now in the time of COVID-19 and social distancing, parents and guardians can play a key role in helping teens stay connected, calm and active with help from these resources.
Keeping children active – mentally and physically - is important right now, especially as parents juggle work and home responsibilities. Find fun videos for preschoolers on the city's Tempe at Home playlist. Check out these additional resources for young children.
In-person options for students and parents may be paused but there are plenty of online offerings for tutoring help, parenting workshops, parenting webinars and more through these resources.
Educational Support for Students
Staying active is critical during this time of staying at home and is part of Arizona’s push to Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected. with indoor and outdoor activity. Find fitness-related videos on the city's Tempe at Home playlist.
Focusing on healthy eating is important to mental and physical health. Find information and tips through these resources.
The silver lining of being at home: All Family Time is Quality Time
Online meetings, chats, support groups, education and more are available to those in need through these resources. You can also visit our substance abuse directory here.