Social Emotional Resources
Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program is a federally funded program that helps people and communities recover from the effects of disasters and/or pandemics through short-term interventions that provide emotional support, crisis counseling, and connection to community supports.
How to Cope
With our world continuing to change and become more isolating, it is important to care for yourself and your emotional health. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration), there are some steps you can take now to care for yourself.
Take Care of Your Body: It is important to take care of your physical well being by eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding alcohol and other drugs.
Connect: Use this time to connect and reconnect with friends and family members. Share your feelings and try and maintain relationships with your support system, even if you don't get to physically be around them.
Take Breaks: Make time for yourself by doing something that you enjoy, or try something new you have always wanted to do.
Stay Informed: Keep up to date on news and local information, but make sure you are getting your information from reliable sources.
Avoid Excess Media: Try not to obsessively watch the news or constantly read posts about the situation from sources that are not reliable. Too much exposure can be stressful and unhelpful.
Ask for help: Reach out and talk to family members, friends, teachers, your school counselor, or warm lines. You are not alone. A lot of people are feeling anxious and scared.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), sometimes it is a good idea to check in with yourself. These are some common signs of distress that we all can feel. It is time to be concerned if they begin to interfere with your completion of daily activities for multiple days in a row.
Feelings of shock, numbness, or disbelief
Change in energy or activity levels
Changes in appetite
Sleeping problems or nightmares
Feeling anxious, fearful, or angry
Headaches, body pain, or skin rashes
Chronic health problems get worse
Increase use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
NAZCARE (1-888-404-5530)sponsors a statewide Warm Line that callers can utilize from the hours of 11:00am − 10:30pm seven days a week. Trained Warm Line Mentor staff offer callers active listening skills, coping skills when requested, and make referrals to resources and crisis services to cities and counties throughout Arizona.
TEEN LIFELINE (602-248-8336 or 800-248-8336) trained peer counselors are available from Noon-9pm. Peer Counselors provide a connection of hope for teens in crisis.
If you are in need of support, feeling overwhelmed, or just want to talk, their caring staff are available to provide non-judgmental and confidential telephone services. Warm Line staff are certified in Peer Support Training, and experienced in discussion and support related to a broad range of issues surrounding wellness and recovery.
Community & Academic Links
Arizona Town Hall has compiled a list of local Arizona resources that is updated regularly.
http://aztownhall.org/COVID-19-Resources - community resources
Arizona Sci Tech Institute has also compiled an expansive list of a academic resources to help during Distance Learning.