Mental Health Resources
With increased economic uncertainty and added precautions in place that keep people at home, I know many Central New Yorkers are struggling to deal with the emotional toll of this crisis. I encourage all individuals to take care of their psychological well-being as well as their physical health.
According to the New York State Office of Mental Health, here are some tips for caring for your mental health:
- Manage the ways you obtain information. Choose to obtain news and information through trusted sources, such as state and local health authorities, the World Health Organization, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rather than relying on social media or word of mouth.
- Practice self-care. This includes taking care of your physical health through healthy eating, exercise, and getting adequate sleep as well as maintaining virtual relationships with friends, family, and support groups.
- Channel anxiety into meaningful tasks. Many find meaning in helping others during these times. From volunteering to collect groceries for at-risk members of your community to checking in with loved ones and members of your support network, reaching out to others can help create positive feelings during trying times.
- Practice mindfulness and monitor your anxiety levels. Monitor your stress levels and practice grounding exercises and deep breathing when you feel your anxiety getting out of control.
- For those receiving mental health services, work with your provider on developing a plan. This includes discussing coping mechanisms as well as discussing telehealth options or possible supplemental mental health-focused activities.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provide tips for taking care of your emotional health which can be found HERE.
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. If you or someone you know needs help, please call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).