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.
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.
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.
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!View Events
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.Join the Group
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.
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 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