Emerson Collective

    March 28, 2020

    Dear Partners, 

    This moment is testing all of us—our teams, families, and communities—in new ways. And we wanted to share some wellness resources in case they are helpful in the days and weeks ahead.

    Below are tools for crisis support and intervention, managing anxiety, mindfulness and movement, ways to share art and stories, support for children and teens, and resources in Spanish.

    We hope they are useful, and we will continue to look for ways to support one another during this challenging time.

    The Emerson Collective Team

    Crisis Support and Intervention

    Crisis Text Line
    Text SHARE to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor24/7, for free, confidential support.
    Crisis Text Line counselors are available to connect about anxiety related to the novel coronavirus, isolation, students’ concerns about school, financial stress, and other concerns.

    Managing Anxiety

    Managing Anxiety and Stress Related to the Coronavirus 
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Tips on stress and coping, with specialized advice for parents, responders, and people who have been released from quarantine.

    Avoiding Misinformation on COVID-19
    News Literacy Project
    How to spot—and avoid spreading—misinformation, and identify reliable sources of information.

    Mindfulness and Movement

    Meditations for Focus, Stress, Sleep—and Even Handwashing
    The Headspace app is offering a free set of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises, “Weathering the Storm,” specific to this time; a free suite of tools and guided meditations for business and employees, and free Headspace Plus accounts for providers who work in public health settings.

    Dance Classes At Home
    Join ODC’s teachers and community online while the physical studio doors are closed. Sign up for a live-streamed class or follow along with a Fusion Light class from Rhythm & Motion.

    Exercising during a Pandemic
    The Atlantic
    Expert advice on getting exercise at home or while maintaining social distancing.

    Sharing Art and Stories, Spreading Joy

    A Daily Story to Lift Your Spirits
    StoryCorps is putting some of the most heartwarming stories from their collection in a daily newsletter. Sign up for reminders of heart, humanity, and generosity from everyday people.

    Virtual Museum Visits
    Google Arts & Culture
    Key pieces from the collections of 2,500 museums worldwide, including special online exhibits.

    Supporting Children and Teenagers

    For many excellent resources for supporting school-age children while their schools are closed, please see Resources for Remote Learning.

    Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
    Child Mind Institute
    Guidance for parents of young and school-age children on talking to them about coronavirus.

    Teens Facing a New Normal
    Strategies for teens to protect their mental health while facing a (temporary) new normal.

    Recursos en Español

    Maneje la Ansiedad y el Estrés
    Centros para el control y la prevención de enfermedades (CDC)
    Consejos sobre estrés y afrontamiento, con consejos especializados para padres, personal de auxilio y personas que han sido liberadas de la cuarentena.

    Cómo Hablar con los Niños sobre el Coronavirus
    Child Mind Institute
    Guía para padres de niños pequeños y en edad escolar sobre cómo hablarles sobre el coronavirus.

    Volunteer to Support Others

    And if you’re looking for a way to serve others—during this difficult time, and beyond it—consider training as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line. The training can be done from home, and teaches the skills of reflective listening, collaborative problem solving, and crisis management.

    We will continue to update this list of resources.  Feel free to share this with your loved ones, friends, and networks as we all navigate this difficult time together.

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