COVID-19 has brought many changes to the way we go about our daily lives. In this video, Fire Chief Mark Ball presents the ways that the Fire Department has had to alter their approach to assisting residents during this pandemic. Police Chief J.P. Bevering shares some tips and information about maintaining mental health during quarantine, and Council member Christina Grudzinski gives some insight and guidance on how to manage the stress of being stuck at home and ways to get help if it’s needed. If you need to reach out, below are some resources that can provide you with free and confidential assistance.
These hotlines are open 24 hours a day. When you reach out, no matter the day or time, these people are trained and ready and waiting to assist you. They also have contact information for local resources and referrals. If you or someone you know is struggling, please contact these hotlines for assistance.
Disaster Distress Helpline,
call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
National Domestic Violence
Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
Coping with COVID-19
Tips from Christina:
1 Spend time outside: Going outside results in health benefits such as improved mood and focus. Even sitting on the porch or walking around the block can improve mood.
2 Create routine and have to’s: Many of us have lost our typical routine. Creating 8 hours of structured time daily helps to stay busy and incorporate positive daily goals.
3 Talk to a support person and be a support person: Ask people if they are okay and offer to help. Call your support person or reach out to hotlines listed to process difficult feelings or thoughts.
5 Limit news exposure, but stay informed