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Online Lesson – 9/14/20

World Suicide Prevention Day was September 10th. Be sure you are taking care of your mental health and receiving support when you are feeling down. See below for tips and resources if you or someone you know is struggling.
• See tips in the attached newsletter for fighting COVID-related boredom.
• Crisis Text Line – Text “HOME” to 741741 any time to be connected to a crisis counselor https://www.crisistextline.org/
• American Foundation of Suicide Prevention – Resources from their website https://afsp.org/suicide-prevention-resources
• QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training https://qprinstitute.com/

Healthy ways to cope with stress:
• Know what to do if you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment for COVID-19.
• Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy (in person or through telehealth services).
• Take care of your emotional health. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family.
• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
• Take care of your body.
o Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditateexternal icon.
o Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
o Exercise regularly.
o Get plenty of sleep.
o Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use.
• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
• Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, consider connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
**Please email me, bhiggins@wcchd.com, if we need to set up a nutrition consultation! I still have openings this Thursday and on 9/28.

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