CONNECT Through Crisis Toolkit

#Breathe123 Challenge
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14-Day De-Stress Challenge
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CONNECT conversations
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CONNECT to Overcome Group
Virtual Mindfulness Events & Trainings

Social distancing, isolation, loss of loved ones, and even loss of our regular way of life are all difficult to navigate and can be devastating for individuals and communities alike. Delaware Changing Lives wants to help everyone manage stress and trauma in a difficult time. We’re currently working to get our trainings online and available to the public as quickly as possible, and we’ve collected the following resources to help you deal with the current crisis.

You’ll notice a theme of connection in our resources. When we’re physically distant, it’s more important than ever to connect virtually and emotionally. And when we’re struggling with resources, we need to connect to share and support each other. So let’s get started!

A huge thank you to our partners who have worked with us every step of the way!

Note: these resources are intended to assist in stress reduction and assisting with the symptoms of anxiety, isolation, or minor trauma. However, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, have taken an overdose, or have harmed yourself in any way, DIAL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. For other urgent crisis resources, scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Start with a Breath

Feeling overwhelmed? The simplest place to start is by slowing down and taking a breath. For a little bit of guidance on how to start your own structured (but incredibly simple!) mindfulness practice, check out our #Breathe123 Challenge.

Ease into Meditation

Need help dealing with stress, but having trouble committing to specific times? No problem! Try our 14-day De-Stress Challenge, with 2 weeks of mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and guided meditations to ease you into a regular stress-reduction habit.


Learn and Share

As the pandemic has caused physical distance between us, the community has risen admirably to provide solutions and ways to connect with each other in new ways. Check out some of the virtual events going on in the mindfulness and stress-reduction space!


CONNECT to Overcome

Tune in to your own needs to overcome stress, engage with the community to overcome isolation, and empower yourself and others through shared experience to overcome perceived limitations. Join our new Facebook group, CONNECT to Overcome, to tap into the collective wisdom of a community of people all looking share and support each other.

Community Resources

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide from NAMI DE

NAMI Delaware has created a resource guide for those dealing with mental health issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order, social distancing, or general community stress.

Simple Stress Relievers with Dr. Jim Walsh

Looking for quick, easy stress relief that you can listen to on your own time? Try these simple exercises with audio guidance from mindfulness trainer and pastoral counselor Dr. Jim Walsh.

DJ Mr. Bey – Mindfulness Health Teacher

Mindfulness/Health Teacher Khayree Bay of Colonial School District is building a YouTube channel specifically for students (his and others) to help bring back a sense of normalcy & routine during the COVID-19 school closures. Khayree’s videos are playful and fun, while still helping to build mindfulness basics and cultivate resilience.

Urgent Crisis Resources

If you are having a psychiatric or substance abuse crisis and need assistance, please contact Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (MCIS):

  • Northern Delaware Hotline, call: 800-652-2929
  • Southern Delaware Hotline, call: 800-345-6785

Other crisis resource numbers:

  • Child Priority Response line : 1-800-969-HELP (4357)
  • Recovery Innovations Newark: 302-318-6070
  • Recovery Innovations Ellendale: 302-424-5660
  • Crisis Text Line: Text DE to 741741