May 20, 2020 by Austin McDaniel What can I do to help manage my stress and anxiety? For health care providers and frontline responders: Call 1-844-985-8275 AK Responders Relief Line is a free, anonymous call line available seven days a week, 24 hours a day for first responders including EMTs, doctors, nurses, health aids, social workers, CNAs and others working on the front lines of this crisis. Other hospital and facility staff, such as respiratory therapists, those working in dietary services, facilities/maintenance and admitting are also welcome to contact this new support service. The service is here to support anyone who is at risk of exposure to COVID-19 as a result of their job in a medical setting. The following services are available through the AK Responders Relief Line: Immediate behavioral health support from a person trained in brief intervention, as well as suicide screening and prevention servicesReferrals to Alaska behavioral health services and supports, andReferrals to practical supports, such as housing assistance, food, etc. For members of the public: Many people are experiencing feelings of distress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The evolving and long-term nature of this situation puts everyone under a great deal of stress for an extended period of time. Please know you are not alone, and there are things you can do and resources to help you through this time. DHSS’ Well-Being Alaska webpage: dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/coping.aspxCDC’s Manage Anxiety & Stress webpage: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.htmlSAMHSA’s Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak: www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf If you feel overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety; feel like you want to harm yourself; or just need someone to talk to, please reach out. If you’re worried about someone and not sure if they need help, it’s ok to just ask! In an emergency, call 9-1-1Careline Alaska, Alaska’s suicide prevention and “someone to talk to” line is available 24/7 at 877-266-4357 (HELP) and is free and confidential; or text 4help to 839863 between 3-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.Disaster Distress Helpline is available at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. TTY 800-846-8517 Remember, while staying up-to-date with the news is important, constantly reading about COVID-19 may make you feel nervous, anxious and stressed out. Instead of staying glued to your news feeds, consider scheduling times during your day to check the news and social media and then take a break from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and do activities to support your well-being. Go for a walk or get some exercise, make time to unwind and do activities that you enjoy, and connect with friends (while practicing physical distancing).