COVID-19

    IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

    The mental health organizations and public health departments from Aspen to Parachute have come together to make sure you are prioritizing your overall WELLNESS and taking steps to reduce stress and anxiety. Together, our teams will be communicating weekly through the Aspen Strong newsletter to assure that the mental health of the community is supported. Use this page to find tools and links to helpful resources for you, your family, and your business.

    Our Human Services Departments have resources to help you access financial emergency assistance, emotional and mental health support, food assistance and housing support needs during this difficult time. Please find links to resources below as well as a hotline for all your Covid-19 questions.

    During this time of uncertainty we want you to know that we SEE you. We want you to know that social distancing doesn’t have to mean social disconnection. HELP IS HERE…a phone call or a click away!  For good vibes, helpful tips, and hopeful messages find us on social media

    We are all in this together. We are all #aspenstrong

    During this time of uncertainty it is common for people to experience stress and symptoms of anxiety. Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain that results from very demanding circumstances, while anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress that leads to something with an uncertain outcome. The constant news updates and changes to our daily lives alone are enough to disrupt our thoughts, behaviors and emotions.

    It is as important now than ever to practice self-care and utilize the social support of those around you. Consider what you can do today to help relieve the stress.

    That may mean doing yoga in your house and calling a friend, but there are creative solutions to help through this difficult time. Use this toolkit to address your anxiety by connecting to others or using virtual supports from yoga to AA groups.

    Additional Resources:

    Pitkin County COVID-19 emotional check-in

    Fact Sheet / Coronavirus (COVID-19) >

    Website / CDC: Managing Stress & Anxiety >

    Website / National Council for Behavioral Health: Resources & Tools for COVID-19 >

    Fact Sheet / Facts and Myths of COVID-19 >

    Video / Learn About COVID-19 to Feel Better Prepared (13 min) > 

    Video / Staying Calm and Connected in Uncertain Times (2 min) >

    Social distancing is a term that is new to many of us and involves avoiding large gatherings and keeping at least 6 feet (2 meters) between yourself and others when possible. While the goal of social distancing is to reduce the transmission of the virus, and there is good evidence to show that it does, it can be very disruptive to our lives and add to the mental burden many of us are experiencing at this time.

    Reduced social contact can lead to feelings of depression and loneliness, which can get worse as time goes on. It is important to find ways to remain connected to your social support network. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Tonight, get connected to a zoom dinner night with your friends and family across the county or down the street.

    Additional Resources:

    Article / American Psychological Association: Tips to Cope with Social Distancing >

    Article / The Dos and Don’ts of Social Distancing >

    Video / Mental Health Professional Talks about COVID-19 Concerns & Social Distancing (4 min) >

    Self-isolation is a step beyond social distancing and involves separation of a person known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease. Experts recommend self-isolation for those who have contacted a health professional and show symptoms of the disease, including fever, dry cough, and fatigue, but haven’t yet been tested yet. It’s a highly effective method for slowing the spread of the virus, but can have a significant impact on mental health.

    Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. This is a strict isolation and is imposed to prevent the spread of disease.

    Regardless if you are someone who decides to self-isolate for the benefit of others or is required to be quarantined, the emotional impact of isolation and quarantine can be extremely distressing for most people. Here are some resources that help you care for your mental health:

    Additional Resources:

    Fact Sheet / Tips on Dealing with Self-Isolation >

    Article / How to Best Self-Isolate if You Have Concerns You May be Sick >

    Article / How to Protect Your Mental Health During Quarantine >

    Article / The Family Lockdown Guide: How to Emotionally Prepare for COVID-19 Quarantine >

    Pitkin County COVID-19 symptom tracker

    Pitkin County COVID-19 emotional check-in

    For many, financial fears are at the top of the growing list of things that are causing stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). When situations threaten our financial stability, it is easy to become overburdened and leave us feeling full or anxiety, helpless and hopeless. While these financial fears may seem impossible to overcome, there are things that you can do and resources are becoming available from a variety of companies and organizations.

    Valley-wide Financial Funding:

    Additional Resources:

    Article / Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Protect Yourself Financially from the Impact of the COVID-19 >

    Article / Department of Labor: Guidance on Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19 >

    Article / How to Cope with Financial Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19 >

    Article / Information on Unemployment Insurance for Workers Who Miss Time on the Job >Article / Tips on Financial Peace of Mind During COVID-19 >

    It’s important to remember that try as we may, it is impossible to completely insulate children from what is going on in regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact this is having on everything around them. While they might not fully understand what is going on, it is beneficial to help them express their feelings and make meaning of their experiences in age and developmentally appropriate ways. The fact that they may be out of school for an extended period of time or that parents are suddenly out of work or working from home can cause disruptions to daily routine or raise uncertainty in children.

    It’s common for parents to have questions about what children need to know, how to best explain difficult things to them in ways that they understand and how to help them cope with a mix of emotions that may be new to them. Here are some resources that can help you figure this out:

    Additional Resources:

    Tina Payne Bryson PhD – Fear Messaging vs. Safe Messaging

    Article / CDC: Talking with Children About COVID-19 >

    Comic / A “Just for Kids” Comic Exploring COVID-19 >

    Audio  / Coronavirus and Parenting: What you Need to Know (13 min) >

    Article / How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19 >

    Video / How to Talk to Kids About COVID-19 (4 min) >

    If you provide care for an elderly, disabled or chronically ill person, it is very likely that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has made a difficult job even harder and more stressful. In addition to the daily stressors and challenges of caring for another person, you now have to worry about things like: will the there be disruptions to obtaining necessary medications and treatments, will home health support still be come for regular visits, will medical appointments be cancelled or delayed and perhaps most distressing of all, will you transmit the virus to them.

    For caregivers who already have a full plate, the additional stressors created by the coronavirus can feel especially overwhelming and anxiety provoking. As a person who cares for others, it is important that you also take care of yourself emotionally. It can be helpful to know the things that are in your control, as well as the things that are out of your control, so that you can make the most informed decision and manage your worry and concerns to the extent possible.

    Here are some resources that you may find helpful as you figure out the best ways to continue in your role as a caregiver:

    Additional Resources:

    Article / How to Care for the Elderly Without Putting Them at Risk of COVID-19 >

    Article / Protecting a Senior Against COVID-19 >

    Article / 5 Things to Know About COVID-19 and People with Disabilities >

    Article / Caregiver Stress – Tips for Taking Care of Yourself >

    Article / Self-Care for the Caregiver >

    FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    • SBA Disaster Loans: What they are and what you need to know to get one
    • An easy-to-read breakdown of the CARES act. The U.S. Chamber of congress breaks down what it covers and what it means for you business.
    • Companies like Comcast and Amazon are providing relief for small businesses as well. Forbes has an ongoing list on relief options from these companies that it updates daily.
    • States are also offering their own versions of relief options for businesses. The Council of State Chambers curated a list of every action by state. Visit here to understand options specific to your state.
    • The Paycheck Protection Program is providing relief to small businesses and their employees. The U.S. Department of Treasury has the documents you need to get started. Read on to see the qualifications and how to apply.

    HR RESOURCES

    FAQs

    FOR EMPLOYEES

    • For those of you who have lost your job please see the Health and Human Resources section below for unemployment support and valley wide funding support
    • Several industries are growing rapidly right now and are actively hiring. If your employees are looking for employment options, share this ongoing list of places that are hiring with them.
    • Unemployment varies by state. Share these resources with your employees so they can start the process:
    • FAQs and answers for employees about unemployment.
    • File for unemployment. To get started, select your state from the drop down menu.

    PERSONAL SUPPORT

    • Taking care of your mental health right now is more important than ever. The Harvard Business Review sheds light on what our discomfort during this time might really be.
    • Mental Health America put together a massive list of resources on a variety of mental health topics. You’ll find tools for anxiety, financial resources, resources for immediate response, and more.

    OTHER RESOURCES

    SEE BELOW FOR WORKPLACE TIPS AND TOOLS

    TIPS FOR MAINTAINING GOOD MENTAL
    HYGIENE AND STAYING CONNECTED

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    Phone Apps to Support your Resilience

    WOEBOT: Tiny conversations to feel your best with your self-care expert.

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    Verena is a personal security system for the LGBTQ+ community, giving you the tools you need to keep you safe while you live as the person you were meant to be.

    Download Here

    Breath Easy: Meditation and de-escalation tool.

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    Mind Springs Health access code ‘wellnessweb’ providing coping resources.

    Download Here

    SUPERBETTER increases resilience.

    Download Here

    Safety Plan: manage suicidal thoughts and help prevent suicide.

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    Anxietyhelper is a mental health toolkit for anyone, allowing you to get info on certain mental illnesses, find resources, and use tools to cope with day to day life.

    Download Here

    Thought Diary: CBT-based app to record negative emotions and thinking, and reevaluate. 

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    FearTools: CBT-based app to help combat anxiety. 

    Download Here

    Mood Tools: CBT-based app to help combat depression and alleviate negative moods.

    Download Here

    TIPS FOR THE WORKPLACE

    Chamber Resources

    Aspen  Basalt  Glenwood

    Tips for Working Home Remotely

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    HELP IS AVAILABLE

    If you’re feeling alone and struggling, connect with resources and persons of support at aspenstrong.org/connect and, to those of you with an Employee Assistance Program, please utilize that support. Find Telehealth providers at https://directory.aspenstrong.org or at Mountain Family Health

    If you are in MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS or do not feel safe please reach out to
    The Hope Center:
    Aspen (970) 925-5858
    Eagle River Valley (970) 306-4673 (HOPE) 

    Mind Springs Health Crisis Center: 
    1-844-493-8255 or text 38225

    If you are outside the Roaring Fork Valley, you can reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

    FINANCIAL SUPPORTS:
    The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund supports Aspen to Parachute residents and employees. GET HELP HERE:

    Pitkin County COVID-19 relief programs
    Eagle County COVID-19 relief programs

     

    FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OF SUPPORT PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING: https://pitkincounty.com/1297/COVID-19

     

    Human Services Supports 

    Pitkin County  Eagle County  Garfield County

    We encourage you to stay current and follow the
    health guidelines provided by these resources:

    Colorado Department of Public Health

    LOCAL INFORMATION

    To answer questions and concerns, please call the Tri-county Community Coronavirus Hotline at 970.429.6186 (staffed daily from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm).

    Pitkin Alert: Text “CVIRUS” to 888-777

    Pitkin County Public Health & Facebook page

    Garfield County Public Health

    Eagle County Public Health & Facebook Page

    TAKE SIMPLE EVERYDAY PREVENTION MEASURES:

    The more united we can be in slowing the spread the greater the benefit for the whole community.  

     

    “Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let’s meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing. Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.”