An important message to our community regarding COVID-19

As our community unifies around a comprehensive public health effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the partners of Be Well OC continue to support the mental and emotional wellness of all Orange County residents and connect those in need with resources for resiliency.

Together, we’ll stay connected, support each other, and work to ensure all residents of Orange County can and will Be Well.

Some quick tips and helpful links.

  1. Stay connected – Remember, “social distancing” and “social isolation” are terms emphasizing physical distance needed to minimize contact and prevent transmission, especially for vulnerable populations. With the help of technology, it is important to stay connected with your family, friends and colleagues through calls, text, social networking channels, video conferencing, etc. Make connection a priority.
  2. Stay informed – Circumstances are changing rapidly, and information is being continuously updated at national, state and local levels. It’s important to stay informed through trusted resources. Many are listed here for ease of access.
  3. Stay nourished and healthy – Hydrate. Eat properly. Exercise – try having fun creating virtual exercise teams with family and friends.  Practice relaxation – music, games, reading and meditation.
  4. Stay solution-focused – Recognizing there are new limitations, there are also new opportunities. Focus on what you can do for yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community while applying universal precaution.
  5. Stay focused on the NOW – Practice mindfulness. Whether you are religious or not, make every interpersonal interaction sacred. Physical distancing doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected spiritually. Honor each other’s anxiety and frustration, support each other through encouragement. Keep hope alive. 

Please see the below resources for additional information. 

Global, National, State and Local General COVID-19 Information

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
California Department of Health Care Services (DCHS)
OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA)

Mental Health Resources

World Health Organization (WHO) – Mental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
NAMI Orange County

Remember, if you are struggling or have thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. You have purpose. Please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).