Emotional Support For Individuals
Why You Aren’t Thinking Clearly: The Brain Science of Fear in Uncertain Times by Hildy Gottlieb
Body Scan Practice By Elizabeth Scott, MS
“Research shows that stress reduction is one of the primary benefits of body scan…”. Try completing a body scan and notice the reduction of stress pre- and post- exercise. Here is an example of a Body Scan guided exercise on YouTube. Many other examples are available using a google search.
8 Breathing Exercises to Try When you are Feeling Anxious, Multiple Sources, Healthline.com
A Spanish-language meditation/mindfulness app that you can download on your phone. Have to register with an email, but can access many meditations without paying
A mindfulness/ meditation app with free guides for and by people of color. Need to register with an email, but once you have an account, sessions are free. Download on your phone, but you can find more information about it here
A free mindfulness app you can download on your phone with hundreds of meditations that are organized into different programs like mindful foundations, sleep, workplace, etc. Most are between 5-15 minutes. For individuals or families
Stop, Breathe & Think
Free mindfulness/meditation app to download on your phone. There is a section that explains mindfulness, why it’s beneficial, including some of the science behind it. Also has a progress page to keep track of how your mind and body has been feeling over time and daily check-ins and option to earn stickers. For adults and children
Emotional Support For Families
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago provides counseling and personal development services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families from a faith-based perspective.
Call 4 Calm – free emotional support text line where you can speak with a mental health professional
Text “TALK” to 552020 or “HABLAR” for service in Spanish to the same number 552020
8 Ways to Support the Mental Health of Children and Teens During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Azizi Marshall, Founder & CEO at Artful Wellness & Center for Creative Arts Therapy
Discover eight ways to best support the mental health of your children and teens during the coronavirus pandemic, according to mental health professionals across the country.
8 Yoga Poses to try as a family, Megan Murray Elsener, Chicago Parent
A social story for kids to help explain the COVID-19 situation:
Just for kids: A comic exploring the new Corona Virus, Malaka Gharib, NPR
Extensive article on how the brain works and how parents can calm a child’s anxiety:
Dealing with Anxiety in Children: How to Calm & Strengthen an Anxious Brain, Karen Young, heysigmund.com