The therapists in our New Directions Counseling Center have shared the following resources about caring for your mental health during this public health crisis.

If you are in need of a counselor at this time, please reach out. We are accepting new clients and our therapists are conducting sessions over the phone. Please call 617-773-6203 ext. 12 to schedule an appointment.

General Resources

Caring for Your Mental Health Despite the Coronavirus
A virus that has spread across the globe, coupled with breaking news accessible to us at any time, has made many of us worried. It can be hard to stay calm when there is fear and unease in the media, stories of self-quarantines, and shortages of sanitizing products. Many people are feeling anxious, even if they rarely experience anxiety… (McLean Hospital)

Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
These are confusing, stressful times for all of us. As the coronavirus pandemic affects numerous facets of our society, it also impacts each person in different ways. The disruptions to daily life are already being felt by many, my family included—my son has been sent home from college, my place of worship has closed, and the comforting social gatherings that usually fill my weekends are off-limits. We are all feeling uncertain about what could happen in the coming weeks, as we hope to slow the spread of this pandemic. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are completely normal during times like this… (National Institute of Mental Health)

Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
New reports about COVID-19 are becoming more widespread and are making some people anxious. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook… (American Psychological Association)

How to Manage Anxiety During a Pandemic
Anxiety is so idiosyncratic that it’s difficult to pinpoint a “type” that’s most common. For some, it might feel like vines of dread roping themselves around you the night before a big work deadline, or maybe like a creeping cloud of unease that settles in during your morning commute. Maybe you cope by taking prescribed medication or going for a run; maybe you’ve gotten suspiciously into baking bread… (Vox)

Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine
After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all.  I can’t control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this… (Simon Fraser University)

Resources for Children

What to Say to Help Kids Feel Calm When the World Feels Fragile
When their days come with spikes, our children will turn to us. We won’t always be able to fix the breakages, but we don’t need to. We don’t need to do very much at all. As the important adult in their world, you have a profound capacity to soften the sharp edges and bring their world back to safe enough… (Hey Sigmund)

The Child Mind Institute
This independent, national nonprofit is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. They are holding twice daily Facebook Live video chats with clinicians, daily social media posts on parenting, and houses media interviews with experts on COVID-19.

Resources for Those in Recovery

New England Region of Narcotics Anonymous Virtual Meetings List

Online AA Meetings Directory