Covid-19 Resources Get vaccinated, wear a mask, physically distance, keep yourself and others safe - and reach for help if needed
These are hard times. People are experiencing everything from fear to boredom. Many are worried about their financial future. Children are at home and parents are trying to find ways to help them understand what is happening and keep them engaged While there's much we must deal with, there are also an increasing number of helpful resources. Hopefully some of these can help you and your family practice resilience, safety, and kindness. This is just a beginning. Please feel free to share other ideas you have to EWCDems@gmail.com and we will add them to the list
State of Oregon has an excellent site giving us updates on everything from number of cases to info flyers in many languages.
Washington County has resources and information on the current number of cases in our county.
There are many great lists of resources out there now. Check at the bottom of this post for some of them.
Taking care of ourselves
We are all experiencing stress from the current situation. If you wish help with stress, depression or other issues of addiction or mental health, Washington county now offers free counseling services. To request an appointment, call Washington County Behavioral Health at 503-846-4528 or email COVIDCounseling@co.washington.or.us. You can also reach 24/7 support at 503-291-9111. I am grateful for this service offered to Washington County residents.
Another national resource. If you or someone you know needs help, you can call Lines for Life at 800-273-8255, 24/7/365 or Text 273TALK to 839863 8am-11pm PST daily and talk to a counseling professional. You can also call the Lines for Life Drug and Alcohol helpline at 800-923-4357 for a listing of online or in-person AA and NA meetings available.
In response to social distancing orders, Oregon Recovers has pivoted from advocacy to focus on getting resources to people in recovery, especially in rural areas. This website serves as a statewide recovery network, providing Oregonians access to all forms of recovery available in their specific localities, including food and employment links.
Here are some very useful resources for supporting individuals with autism during difficult times. The full packet includes templates and other links to implement support.
Oregon Senior Peer Outreach, a program of Community Counseling Solutions, has launched “Senior Connection," a free program to keep Washington County older adults connected while they stay at home. Certified peer support specialists trained to work with older adults make friendly calls to listen and provide support weekly or more often upon request. Call 1-833-736-4676 to sign-up for this free program.
If you are in crisis or just want someone to talk to, please know that you are not alone! Call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 or the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 (press 1 for veterans or service members).
Families and couples are challenged by spending much time together while being cut off from the usual supports. Reach out if this is leading to concerns or dangers in your relationship. Here is a link to services throughout Oregon. If you are in immediate danger call 911.
The Yale Stress Center and Kabat-Zinn provide other tips and techniques:
Take a moment or two to pause during the day. Put aside whatever you are working on or thinking about, and take in a few slow breaths. Notice the sensations of the air going in through your nose and exhaling out through your nose.
Lie down, close your eyes, and slowly scan your body mentally from head to toe—or start from the opposite direction—bringing your awareness to each part of the body without judging or trying to change anything.
Practice S.T.O.P.—this is an acronym that stands for Stop, Take a breath, Observe your feelings, and Proceed.
For people who want further guidance on how to practice mindfulness, Yale offers some Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction guided sessions online.
Did you ever wish you were in New York to see something at Lincoln Center. Now you can - they are running everything from ballet classes to opera to complex coloring books available to everyone. Take a look.
One of my favorites - The Metropolitan Opera is offering a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 4:30 p.m. PDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day. A list of upcoming operas is on the website.
Play online games that teach you about birds courtesy of the Cornell Labs Bird Academy.
The Great Courses is offering a free one month trial to explore a vast number of topics.
Rose City Riveters has a great list of community organizations who are helping and who can use your support. Many of these are small organizations working within their immediate community and employing community members.
Packed with Pride is a joint effort of the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools, the Tigard-Tualatin School Education Association, the Tigard-Tualatin Student Union, and TTSD School Board Members Maureen Wolf and Ben Bowman. The webpage gives you a chance to volunteer or donate funds or goods to serve families in the Tigard Tualatin School District who are in need.