During times like these with significant perceived threat in a rapidly evolving situation, it is understandable that we may experience added stress and a change in our mood. Below are a few approaches to managing the increased or prolonged stress and emotional burden during this time of crisis.
ℴ Many of us are not serving in frontline roles, but we can personally participate and encourage others to engage in life promoting behaviors as outlined in the Upstream Suicide Prevention model.
ℴ Coping with stress is a challenge during this time. The "Stress and Resilience" video from our Upstream Prevention series includes multidisciplinary perspectives on this topic.
ℴ The VA has created a page dedicated to Maintaining and Enhancing Your Mental Health and Well-Being during this time with guidance and resources about stress, connection, information, and support.
ℴ The COVID Coach app was developed to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The app provides mental health self-assessments, coping tools, and a way to stay on top of your own mental health.
ℴ The VA’s Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges site provides well-being quizzes, games, online education, worksheets, and an accompanying app for navigating acutely stressful moments.