MONTEREY COUNTY — For those feeling stressed, anxious and lonely in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, Interim’s Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) continues to provide outreach opportunities.
Interim’s short-term program offers support to individuals struggling with mental illness, and their families who have been affected by Covid-19, whether it be social isolation, financial loss, family loss, etc. These services are available throughout California, funded by FEMA and SAMHSA, and affiliated with CalHope, an online peer-run support network.
The program assists individuals in building coping strategies while connecting them to community resources, such as transportation services, access to pharmacies, child care or mental health support. It also provides support in signing them up for the Covid-19 vaccine when requested. Individuals can self-refer to the program, and all services are confidential.
CalHope provides free resources, including a playbook with tips for managing stress, and a call line to talk about one’s struggles and get emotional support from someone who has persevered through tough situations.
Following are tips from CalHope to help manage stress:
- Take a break from the news if it’s causing you to feel overwhelmed;
- Maintain social contact by phone, text or email with those who support you; and
- Treat your body kindly — eat healthy foods, avoid excessive alcohol and exercise.
Connect with CalHope by calling 833-317-HOPE (4673) or visit calhope.dhcs.ca.gov.