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LOCATIONS / RESOURCES
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I START SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
- Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home except for getting medical care.
- Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Stay in touch with your doctor.
- Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people.
- Monitor your symptoms. Read the CDC’s list of symptoms HERE.
- Wear a cloth or mask. If you must be around other people, wear a mask.
- Cover you coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and through them away in a lined trash can. Immediately was your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share dished, cups, utensils, towels or bedding with other people in your home. Wash these items thoroughly after use.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
WHAT CAN I DO EVERY DAY TO HELP REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY?
- Take care of your body. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships, and build a strong support system.
- Take breaks. Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
- Stay informed. When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. However, avoid too much exposure to the news.
- Seek help when needed. If stress is impacting your daily life or several days or weeks, talk to someone and get help.
- MIND has a 24 hour helpline: 800-123-3393.
- Etherapy has free online counselling that is easily downloaded through an app.
- Christopher Anderson is a licensed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapist based in New Bedford — 508-202-7569
- Samaritans of Fall River / New Bedford has a 7 day suicide prevention hotline from 8 am – 11 pm — 508-999-7267 & 508-673-3777
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — 1-800-273-8255
- Lifeline Crisis Chat
- Alcoholics Anonymous — 800-327-5050
- Narcotics Anonymous — Community Substance Abuse Centers — 508-979-1122