Resources and Response to COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout our country and here in the state of Connecticut, CMHA has implemented a number of precautions and safeguards in an effort to protect our clients and staff, and to mitigate spread in the communities we serve. CMHA is making sure you that and your loved ones are still able to receive high-quality behavioral healthcare during these challenging times.

CMHA is still providing services remotely through an audio-visual Telehealth system, however we are open for on-site services with all necessary safety guidelines in place.

Please contact us today at 860.224.8192 to speak to one of our caring staff.

If you are in Crisis please call our CRISIS HOTLINE: 860.224.3331

About Telehealth
CMHA's Telehealth services are a HIPAA-secure, real-time audio and video connection between a client and their clinician or prescriber in the provision of individual and family therapy, medication management, or assessment. Telehealth can take place either via cell phone or computer. When appropriate, CMHA staff are also reaching out to clients by phone to check in with them and make sure they are okay.

Social Distancing at CMHA

  • CMHA’s residential programs are closed to visitors, and we are educating and encouraging our residents to practice social distancing.
  • All CMHA locations have safety protocols in place, including but not limited to: requiring all staff and visitors to wear a mask; temperature checks upon entering any location; sign-in sheets if contact-tracing is needed; regular and thurough cleaning of all spaces; as well as clearly posted signage (English and Spanish) reminding staff and visitors to frequently wash their hands and always wear a mask.

Resources

If you or a loved one are struggling during these uncertain times, do not hesitate to call CMHA's Crisis Hotline at 860.224.3331 or one of the following toll-free numbers:

1.) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 | SMS: text TalkWithUs or Hablanos to 66746 | TTY 1-800-846-8517

2.) National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255, or for Spanish call 1-888-628-9454 | TTY 1-800-799-4889

3.) National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 | TTY 1-800-787-3224

 

Resources for Children & Families wash your hands kids

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

  • Be Calm and Reassuring
  • Maintain a Normal Routine as Much as Possible
  • Be Available to Them
  • Be Honest and Accurate
  • Monitor Television Viewing and Social Media
  • Model Effective Hygiene and Healthy Lifestyle Practices

Additional tips on talking to kids of all ages from the NY Public Library.


Creating an At-Home Schedule for Children of All Ages

Helpful templates on how to create consistent schedules at home during school closures or delayed openings. Available in multiple languages!


How to Keep Your Child Engaged & Learning Independentlystory time anytime

  • Storytime Anytime has a popular YouTube channel that features classics as well as the “How To Catch” books written by Adam Wallace. The videos also include “Pig the Pug” books, superhero books highlighting some favorites like the Incredibles, Lego DC Super Heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther.
  • Scholastic is offering the Scholastic Learn at Home Program to students who have been affected by COVID-19 school closures. The site has learning material for students in PreK-ninth grade. Each day, students get a few new tasks, such as reading a book or article, watching a video and completing a few activities.
  • All Kids Network has worksheets, color pages, hidden pictures, mazes, and dot to dot pictures available for free. Included on the site are more than 1000 craft ideas that you can do together with your child on the weekends or during a work break. 
  • San Diego Zoo has free live cams of their animals. Some of the animals your child can watch include polar bears, elephants, giraffes, apes (and their new baby!), koala bears, tigers, penguins and pandas. 
  • CoolMath4Kids helps make math learning fun through games that teach kids how to add, subtract, multiply, divide and use fractions. The site has lessons, quizzes, brain teasers and even printable flashcards to help students learn new math skills. 
  • PBS for Kids has a free video app, 200 educational games, and access to the 24/7 PBS Kids channel for ages 2-8. bird
  • Who doesn't love birds? Audubon for Kids features weekly bird highlights, a downloadable magazine, fun videos, a guide to sketching birds, and lots of interactive activities to encourage outdoor play while learning about our feathered friends!
  • Radiolab, one of the most beloved podcasts in the world, reaches into its archives to create Radiolab for Kids. From “What do dogs see when they look at the rainbow?” to “Do animals laugh?” Radiolab for Kids is sure to delight and engage the most curious minds.

*Additional resources are being posted on CMHA's social media daily, so be sure to check there for more activities 

Resources for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Resources for Those Struggling with Addiction or Behavioral Health

Self-Care Resources

Self-care is not a luxury, and it is essential to provide adequate, purposeful and meaningful attention to your own physical and psychological wellness. There are a myriad of ways to do that, and they’re all attainable, for each one of us.

Internal work:

  • Make every effort to remain self-aware and in touch with how you’re feeling, reacting, and responding. 
  • Be kind to yourself, and give yourself credit for the outstanding work you do.
  • Nurture your connections. Ask for and accept help, and offer help to others in your community who may need support.
  • Exchange information and share your feelings with people who can validate you.
  • Practice the art of self-management and the ability to just say No.
  • Work on becoming proactive instead of reactive— address a problem before it reaches the boiling point. 
  • Clarify personal boundaries and work on harnessing your inner strength to honestly speak up for yourself.
  • Choose your battles and don’t waste time on things that aren’t worth your attention or energy.

Authentic self-care activities: 

  • West Hartford Yoga has a variety of free online yoga and meditation classes here
  • To learn how to alleviate stress or anxiety through mindfulness and self-guided relaxation techniques, click here
  • Healthy exercise
  • Clean eating and plenty of water 
  • Rest and sleep
  • Try to find time to go outdoors. While access to parks and other outdoor sites may be restricted, simply stepping outside for a walk around the block or a bit of fresh air can make all the difference. Our world is changing rapidly, but the natural world is reassuringly consistent and can be very soothing.

As a side note: be careful of paying too much attention to your Apple Watch or Fitbit to quantify self-care. Technology has shifted focus from taking notice of to collecting data on how we’re doing. Quantifying how we’re doing with numbers and percentages often reinforces the improper idea that self-care is ‘work’ and provides opportunity for self-criticism. Collecting all this data can seem like a chore or become an obsession, leading to guilt if goals aren’t met.

Self-care should leave you revitalized, not depleted. Look for purposeful, meaningful activities to fill the void, and acknowledge that any self-care is meaningful self-care.

Focus on quality, not quantity!


Additional Community and State-wide Resources

SAMSHA's Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

All Connecticut Food Pantries by Location

Listing of all Connecticut Chambers of Commerce by location- see what local businesses near you are still operating and, if you can, try to help support them during these times. 

How and When to Clean Your Phone

*Check back periodically as further resources and links will be added.


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