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Wendt Center Tip Sheets and Videos
Wendt Center Tip Sheets
- Rethinking Rituals – Tips for Honoring Your Loved One During COVID-19
- Sitting with Grief – Tips for Supporting Loved Ones Who are Grieving
- Sharing Space – Tips for Group Living Under COVID-19
- Home Alone – Tips for Coping with COVID When You Live Alone
- Sustaining While Serving – Tips for Support for Victim Service Providers
- Small Moments for Mindfulness – Tips for Incorporating Self-Care into a Busy Schedule
- Families in Tight Quarters – Tips for Managing Big Emotions at All Ages
- Parenting in a Pandemic – Tips for Caring for Yourself While Caregiving
- COVID-19 and Your Staff – Tips for Maintaining and Improving Productivity
- Thriving in the New Normal – Tips for Employers
- Traversing Trauma in Uncertain Times – Tips for Creating and Sustaining Predictability
- Grieving in Uncertain Times – Tips for Tending to Yourself and Those Grieving with You
Wendt Center Videos
- Grief and Post-Traumatic Growth – Discussion with David Kessler, Grief Expert, and Wendt Center Executive Director, Michelle Palmer, LICSW
- Styles of Grieving – Spectrum of Intuitive and Instrumental Grievers
- Cinco Actividades de ‘Grounding’ – Five Grounding Activities
- Storytime – “The Invisible String,” written by Patrice Karst and illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
- Mindfulness Meditation
Resources for Mental Health Support
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support 24/7 for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746 for additional support.
- The Access HelpLine at 1(888)7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357 is the easiest way to get connected to services provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and its certified behavioral health care providers.
- EveryMind Crisis Line at 301-738-2255 offers phone, text and chat call specialists 24/7 to listen and provide support for anxiety.
Resources for Caregivers and Families
COVID-19 Resources for Caregivers and Families
- Senior Living: A Guide to Home Care, Communication, Food Delivery and Health Monitoring Tools
How to Talk to Children
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping My Child Cope – Things Parents and Caregivers Can Do and Say
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cómo Ayudar A Mi Hijo A Sobrellevar La Situación – Lo Que Los Padres Y Los Cuidadores Pueden Hacer
More tips and information for parents
- Expert tips for parents from CPTS’ Dr Meghan Marsac (AUDIO)
- Information for parents from Nemours / KidsHealth
- Information for parents from CHOP Child Life
- Parent / Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope (NCTSN)
- Resources for parents of young children (from Zero to Three)
- Family resources from the Autism Science Foundation
- Tips for parents of youth with OCD and related disorders – from the International OCD Foundation
Helping children understand the pandemic
- Information for kids from Nemours / KidsHealth
- Comic for school-age kids explaining the new coronavirus
- Tips from PBS – includes list of material from popular characters/shows
- What is the Coronavirus? From Autism Educator
- Help children understand “social distancing” from CHOP (VIDEO)
- Plain language information on coronavirus by and for people with disabilities (not just for kids) in English / Español
- I have a question about Coronavirus – Clear answers for kids by Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky
Stress and coping tools for kids and teens
- Relax & Unwind Center for Kids from Nemours / KidsHealth
- Stress & Coping Center for Teens from Nemours / KidsHealth
Activities to Do at Home
- #FitDC Free live workouts for kids and seniors
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Day to Day Projects to Keep Kids Learning at Home
- Go Noodle: indoor recess, mindfulness and brain break videos
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, weekdays at 1pm
- Khan Academy, free, fun educational program for children ages two to seven
Resources for Seniors
- Call the Legal Counsel for the Elderly at 202-434-2120 for free legal and social work services.
- Visit the AARP website to learn more about their Ombudsman Program. You may also call the helpline at 202-434-2190.
- The Department of Aging and Community Living’s hotline is operational, and seniors who need information or assistance should call (202) 724-5626. The call center will conduct a quick assessment and connect you to the appropriate service.
- Information on meal delivery services are available here.
Resources for Healthcare Workers
COVID-19 Resources for Healthcare Staff
Tips and information on healthcare staff coping and wellbeing at work / related to COVID-19
- Taking Care of Yourself – Checklist for health and mental health professionals – from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Addressing physician stress – from the AMA
- Managing healthcare workers’ stress associated with COVID-19 – from the National Center for PTSD
- Resources on staff wellbeing – from the Intensive Care Society (UK)
- Health Care Provider Well-Being During Covid-19 – from the University of Colorado
- Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself (not COVID specific) – from the CDC
- Emotional coping strategies for COVID-19 – from the Oncology Nursing Society
- Caring for Yourself in the Face of Difficult Work – Pocket Card for COVID-19
- Useful tips on emotional health during the COVID-19 pandemic – from the Nantucket Cottage Hospital
Considering and coping with ethical challenges
- Guidance for Professionals During Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Extreme Emergencies – from the American Nurses Association
- Ethics in Practice – from the Canadian Nurses Association
- COVID-19 Ethics Resource Center – AMA Journal of Ethics
- Addressing Ethical Issues in Pandemic Influenza Planning – from the WHO
- Ethical Framework for Health Care Institutions Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic – from the Hastings Center
General stress and coping tools
- Professional Quality of Life Measure (ProQOL) https://proqol.org/ProQol_Test.html
- Measure of both negative and positive effects on professionals from helping others who experience suffering and trauma. Available in 27 languages, or download the “Provider Resilience” app for iOS or Android
- The ProQoL is included in this set of quick, evidence-based tools to gauge your stress as well as your compassion satisfaction. Give yourself a regular “checkup” – the app will help you track your responses over time.
- Headspace for Healthcare Professionals
- Tools for calming and coping. Headspace is offering free accounts for healthcare professionals during the pandemic
Resources for Employers
- COVID-19 and Your Staff – Tips for Maintaining and Improving Productivity
- COVID-19 as a Collective Grief Experience
- Community Trainings, Crisis Response, Case Consultation
Resources for Pressing Needs
Access to Essential Items
- District residents who have been directed by a medical provider to self-quarantine, or have no other means to acquire essential items can access the COVID-19 Needs Hotline and Web Portal to request food and other essential items be delivered to your homes. Qualifying residents can also call 1-888-349-8323 or visit coronavirus.dc.gov/gethelp to request assistance.
- DC Mutual Aid Network offers groceries, toiletries, other hygeine essentials, and even childcare in Wards 7 & 8. Their hotline is 202-630-0336.
- Any DC resident under 18 (they can be enrolled in school or not) can get a meal from any of the DCPS meal sites during hours listed.
- Food resources, including student meal distribution sites and meal delivery for senior residents
- Additional Listings of Food Resources
- Online registration
- Call Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (202) 312-551
- The Utility Discount Programs (UDP) assists low-income District residents reduce their utility costs. To qualify, your utility bills need to be in your name and you must meet income guidelines (below) established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For Lifeline discount phone service call 1(800) 253-0846. Click here to apply online.
- Pepco has suspended service disconnections and is waiving new late payment fees through at least May 1 and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. Customers who may be challenged in paying their bill should contact Pepco Customer Care at 202-833-7500. Click here for more info.
- Information on utility relief from Pepco, Washington Gas, and DC Water
WiFi & Internet Assistance
- Free Comcast wifi hotspots can be found here until Saturday May 16th
- Comcast’s Internet Essentials service is offering free in-home internet service with free delivery (self-installation) and contract waived for low-income clients.
Pet Food Assistance
- The Humane Rescue Alliance of Washington, D.C, has a Pet Pantry available to anyone that needs food for their animals. You can pick up food at various locations across the city on the first and third Sundays, second Tuesday, third Friday and last Friday of the month.