Update: March 29, 2020 | 11:30am - To reflect Shelter-in-Place Orders
California Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415)
Non-Judgmental Emotional Mental Health Peer Support
As of the writing of this communication, COVID-19 has over 138,000 total confirmed cases worldwide with over 1,800 in the United States. With community transmission rapidly rising, MHASF will be taking preventative health measures to support the health and safety our team, our constituents, and the larger public.
In that respect, MHASF will be moving our operations remotely effective 5:00pm on Friday, March 13, 2020 and will remain so indefinitely as required by Shelter-in-Place Orders by CA Gov. Newsom and Mayor London Breed. We will be cancelling all in-person one-to-one and group support and services and transitioning to virtual, telephonic, mobile, and video platforms to every possible extent.
Preventative Health Behaviors
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid large crowds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you are sick, face masks can prevent spread of germs to others, but are not recommended to prevent getting sick. Face masks are NOT a substitute for hand-washing
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
- Part of the reason why it’s so important to wash your hands (compared to other parts of your body) is that your hands are always in contact with your face — specifically, your eyes, nose, and mouth. The coronavirus is a respiratory infection, so your respiratory tract is particularly susceptible. The mucous membranes are also more vulnerable to disease transmission in general. If you touch your face a lot, wash your hands a lot
- Get a flu shot. It will help you avoid flu symptoms which are similar to novel coronavirus symptoms.
- Additional recommendations:
Mental Health Self-Care Tips (Mental Health America and SAMHSA)
- Use your smart phone to stay connected to family and friends. Shift from texting to voice or video calling to feel more connected
- Keep comfortable. Do the things you already enjoy doing at home; just do more of them
- Practice stress relief whenever you feel anxiety building – do some deep breathing, exercise, read, dig in the garden, eat some ice cream – whatever works for you
- Don’t do anything you’d consider to be unhealthy for you, such as excess drinking – that will just increase your anxiety afterwards
- Keep looking forward. Make some plans for six months down the road
- Educate yourself regarding the issues, diagnosis, and treatment
- Advocate and speak out about your needs
- Reach out for help and emotional support: like the California Peer-Run Warm Line
Resources for COVID-19
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Harvard Health: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center
- Live COVID-19 Data Stats: https://ncov2019.live/data