Our response to Covid-19: Our community relies on NAMI Long Beach Area as its go-to resource to gain support, and learn coping and self-care skills for mental health. We have revised our traditional in-person classes and support groups to a virtual teleconferencing format to maintain program continuity. We supply a critical support system for those in our community who currently suffer from mild to severe mental illness, and we also need to ensure we can respond to the increased demand for our services due to the traumas, anxiety, and depression that persons are experiencing due to lost income and unemployment, Stay at Home mandates forcing restricted movement, and psychological trauma based on concerns related to the pandemic in general.
In This Section:
We have compiled the resources on this page to help our extended NAMI family through this uncertain, and for many, difficult time.
The information provided here offers resources on managing stress and anxiety and your mental health; as well as finding help with food assistance, housing, transportation, education and health.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide additional updates and information as new information becomes available.
Thank you, and stay healthy,
--Your friends at NAMI Long Beach Area
NAMI Long Beach Area
Support Groups and Classes
ARE NOW ONLINE
As a result of current recommendations for personal safety, we have temporarily suspended in-person classes, support groups and other activities.
To continue serving our community, classes and support groups are now virtual. Online registration is required.
Click on the links below for more information.
Stay Health and Safe,
Your Friends at NAMI Long Beach Area
Resources from NAMI National, State, and Local Affiliates
NAMI Helpline COVID-19 Information & Resources Guide
This is a very helpful resource document with recommended steps to ease anxiety and other concerns about the current COVID-19 situation.
The downloadable file is in Adobe(r) PDF format and has been made available by the National NAMI website at nami.org. Clicking on the link will download the PDF, which you can then save to your desktop, print out, and email to others.
"We will get through this together."
"Members of our community have unique needs and concerns."
"NAMI is here to help."
Resources from LACDMH and NCBH
LACDMH offers free information and resources to assist in the well being of our County family, friends, and colleagues.
Click below to go to the LA Department of Mental Health's COVID-19 Mental Health Resources web page.
Click below for the Guide to Well-being Apps from the LA Department of Mental Health
LACDMH has published its “Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” flyer. Available in the following languages: Arabic / Armenian / Chinese (Simplified) / Chinese (Traditional) / English / Farsi / Japanese / Khmer / Korean / Russian / Spanish / Tagalog / Vietnamese
This link will take you from the NAMILongBeach.org website to the LA Department of Mental Health website: https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/.
The downloadable file on the LACDMH website is in Adobe(r) PDF format. Clicking on the link will download the PDF, which you can then save to your desktop, print out, and email to others.
If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common around the world. You can #BeTheDifference by practicing this tips to care for your own and your loved one's mental health.
Community Resources COVID-19
Categories under this heading include: food, housing, health, transportation, and education and are separated into four general categories: children and youth, adults, the elderly and the undocumented community. Click on the button below for the full resource guide.
INFORMATION BELOW AS OF 16-MARCH-2020
Compilation of Local Resources
Local Resources in LA County – A dedicated group of volunteers has been compiling a list of food, housing, health, transportation, and education resources for the Coronavirus crisis that is divided into three general categories:
DIGNITY HEALTH FREE VIRTUAL VISITS
For those with Coronavirus symptoms, Dignity Health offers free virtual visits. Use coupon code COVID19 when making an appointment. https://www.dignityhealth.org/cov19-video-visits
INFORMATION BELOW AS OF 8-APRIL-2020
LA County offers free food delivery for older, dependent adults
LA County has launched a temporary, free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This Countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service, will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Call 888-864-7411 to request delivery service; order items online/via phone and provide payment for items at pick-up location; a Critical Service Coordinator will schedule a taxi driver to deliver your items; the Coordinator will call you back to confirm the delivery has been scheduled; and you can schedule deliveries M-F, 8a-5p.
INFORMATION BELOW AS OF 8-APRIL-2020
LA Regional Food Bank
In Los Angeles county, if you are in need of food assistance, please dial 211 or find the food pantry closest to you, visit:
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach (MOWLB) provides a service of home delivered nutritionally balanced meals for individuals who are unable to shop and cook for themselves and who live alone. The majority of our clients are elderly, meals are available to all Long Beach area residents, regardless of age, on a long-term or a temporary basis if you are recovering from surgery or illness.
The fee for this service is $8.25/day, but financial assistance to cover the cost of daily meals is available. Call (562) 439-5000 to see if you're eligible.
This is not a government-funded program.
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From the NAMI National Blog
8 Steps to Managing Stress & Anxiety
How to Protect Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak
By Lynne S. Gots, Ph.D.
The coronavirus outbreak, and the social-distancing measures now in place to prevent its spread, have turned all our lives upside down. But if you have a mental illness, the pervasive climate of anxiety, stress and isolation may be especially harmful to your well-being.
Below are several steps you can take to prevent this stressful time from derailing your mental health.
1) Maintain a routine
If you’re not used to working from home, you may find the transition challenging. Creating a new teleworking routine will help you get into the right mindset, feel more productive and keep the boundaries between work and home from blurring.
It may be tempting to work into the night, sleep in and log onto your computer from your bed. This is not a good idea! Instead, stick to a regular bedtime and waking schedule. Shower and dress in the morning, and keep normal working hours if you are not required to be on-call. You don’t have to put on a suit, but wearing casual Friday work clothes instead of sweats will serve as a cue to start the work day.
Designate a work area. Even if you are quarantined in a tiny studio apartment, you can set up a home office on a snack tray in a corner. If you normally watch TV or scroll through social media while sitting on the couch, you may get distracted if you try to work from the same location.
2) Take reasonable precautions, but don’t go overboard
Use only reliable sources of information, such as the CDC or Johns Hopkins University, to inform and make a plan for your health habits. As hard as it is, it’s important not to give into compulsive behaviors.
This is especially important if you have OCD or health anxiety. Follow the rules you’ve made in advance, so you don’t let anxiety dictate your behavior. For example, if 20 seconds of hand-washing is the accepted guideline, don’t wash for 40 or 60 seconds “just to be safe.”
3) Find ways to “get going”
Now more than ever, you need to tend to your own health. Practicing sound mental hygiene can help boost your psychological immunity. If you are prone to depression, you might be finding it harder to get out of bed in the morning, motivate yourself to accomplish chores or get started on a work project. “Behavioral activation”—the technical term for “getting going”— is a research-proven antidote.
Exercise is an excellent stress-reliever and mood-booster. The gym may be closed, but you can go out for a brisk walk as long as you keep your distance from others. You can also practice yoga at home and even work out virtually with a personal trainer.
4) Try not to fixate on sleep
The changes in your usual schedule, coupled with anxiety, can wreak havoc on your sleep. If you’re resting, try not to stew about not sleeping — staring at the ceiling at 2 am will just create a cycle of worry and insomnia. If you find yourself lying in bed wide awake for more than 15 minutes, get up and change the mental channel by watching TV, reading a book or listening to music.
You could also listen to a guided meditation available on YouTube or one of the many meditation apps, such as 10% Happier, Headspace or the UCLA Center for Mindfulness. Keep in mind, however, that you are not meditating to try to fall asleep. Having sleep as a goal will likely backfire and cause more anxiety. Instead, you can use meditation to notice what is going on in your mind and body and observe your thoughts rather than getting caught up in them.
5) Stick to consistent meal times
Sticking to consistent meal times, rather than stress-snacking throughout the day, can also help you maintain your mental and physical equilibrium. Nourish yourself with healthy foods. However, it’s also perfectly fine to build in some comfort foods, like freshly baked cookies. Now is not the time to start a restrictive diet.
6) Follow your regular mental health treatment plan
Make sure you have an adequate supply of medication and take it as prescribed. Continue with therapy appointments. Many practitioners are now offering teletherapy, either by phone or video, to comply with social distancing requirements. Check with your insurer to see what services they will cover.
7) Practice mindfulness and acceptance techniques
Whether you use meditation, yoga or prayer, focusing your attention on the present moment, rather than ruminating about a catastrophic, uncertain future, can help you manage your distress. If you tend to compound your negative emotions with a cascade of negative thoughts (“I should be handling this better;” “This is unbearable”), mindfulness training can be useful in tempering your emotional reactions.
One good introductory resource, among many, is “Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World,” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. The UCSD Center for Mindfulness also has free, guided meditations and useful information about the practice.
8) Be kind to yourself
A vast body of research conducted by the psychologist Kristin Neff and colleagues has shown the value of self-compassion for coping with emotional challenges and adversity. To ease feelings of isolation, acknowledge your struggle with kindness, rather than self-judgment, and recognize that millions of people world-wide are sharing your experience right now.
This time is challenging for everyone. But you don’t need to compound the difficulties by neglecting your mental health. If you follow these suggestions, you can face this crisis — you may even come out of it stronger in the end.
Finally, remember that NAMI Long Beach is here for you. You can access many of our no-cost support groups and classes virtually. Please don't hesitate to reach out via phone and email for support. You Are Not Alone.
Lynne S. Gots, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at The George Washington University School of Medicine. She specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD and anxiety. Dr. Gots is a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Disorders Association. For further information, see www.cognitivebehavioralstrategies.com
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