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Ways to stay connected with family, friends, and community

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, May 13, 2020) - While staying home to combat the spread of COVID-19, support your mental health by reaching out and connecting to friends and family - and use local support lines if you need more help.

While modern technology offers new ways to connect, older technologies like the mail or the phone hold power as we all build healthy habits and continue traditions in this time.

Maintaining relationships to friends and family is one of four key actions Berkeley's Mental Health division manager recommends to care of yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ideas for staying emotionally close with loved ones while we're separated physically.

Connecting Through Technology

Technology is a powerful tool for connecting with others. Use video-based communication tools like Facetime, Zoom, or Skype to connect with friends and family.

Calls don't have to be limited to talking - look for ways to creatively replicate the diverse ways you would normally socialize. Here are some ideas:

  • Meals are traditionally a time for gathering. Schedule a virtual dinner or brunch. Try having everyone make the same recipe and chatting while you cook it.
  • Playing games - combine efforts to solve a crossword puzzle, play charades, have a trivia competition, see who can complete a jigsaw puzzle faster
  • Start a storytelling group - see who knows the best tall tales or spooky ghost stories
  • Sync up and watch a TV show or movie together
  • Take turns reading books out loud - or start a virtual book club

Try Different Methods of Communication

Not everybody has access or is comfortable using video tools. Traditional communication channels are still great ways to stay connected:

  • Surprise a friend with a phone call. Many of our normal social interactions aren't formal or scheduled - they're conversations in passing, like chatting with coworkers in the breakroom or running into a friend at the library. Not every connection needs to be long or scheduled - pick up the phone for a quick chat when you have a few minutes to spare.
  • Text one another photos to share snapshots of your day. Send a picture of a book you're reading or a garden that made you smile while taking a walk.
  • Send a letter or card by US mail.

Resources for community, crisis, or peer support

If you or a loved one feels overwhelmed with emotions, these support resources can connect you with mental health professionals or trained counselors who can provide additional support.

  • California Peer-Run Warm Line: 855-845-7415
    Mental Health Association of San Francisco
    Non-emergency number for those feeling anxiety of seeking emotional support. Assistance available via web chat or phone.

  • 24 Hour Crisis Support Line: 800-273-8255
    Crisis Support of Alameda County

    Trained crisis line counselors are available 24/7 to take your call. For those struggling with difficult life circumstances or uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. You do not need to be experiencing suicidal thoughts of feelings to call.

  • Berkeley Mental Health Crisis Triage Line: (510) 981-5244
    City of Berkeley Mental Health Division
    Speak to a local mental health professional for support and resources over the phone. The crisis line has expanded its hours and is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm.

Do not hesitate to seek additional support if you need it - it's the healthy thing to do!

Little Gestures Have Big Impacts

Remember that simple acts of connection can brighten someone's day. Give a friendly wave when you see neighbors and essential workers. When you're exercising outdoors, nod to people that you pass (from a safe distance - at least six feet apart!). Greet the people standing in line with you during essential shopping trips for groceries or medicine. And remember to smile, even when you're wearing a face covering - your eyes will convey the warmth of sincere human connection to those who need it.

Visit cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for additional information on COVID-19 and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health.


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