Mental health and coping during COVID-19

Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly: the Corona Virus and Me
These unprecedented times can cause anxiety for everyone, including young children. Ana M. Gomez wrote The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly: the Corona Virus and Me to help children deal with their feelings of worry, fear, and anxiety.  
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Social distancing doesn’t mean safety distancing
Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio
(210) 207-1337; (956) 821-7925
Erin Nichols, City of San Antonio
(210) 207-3996

Michelle Vigil, San Antonio Metro Health
(210) 207-8172
Nicole Perez, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
(210) 335-2864
Social distancing doesn’t mean safety distancing
City and County share resources for residents seeking help from family violence
SAN ANTONIO (April 7, 2020) — The San Antonio Police Department has reported a more than 18 percent increase in calls for service relating to family violence in March when compared to the same period of time last year. As residents continue practicing social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City and County remind residents that social distancing does not mean distancing yourself from safety or shelter from harm.
“Right now, many people in our community are experiencing immense challenges and are under extreme stress due to COVID-19,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We know that domestic violence and child abuse happen behind closed doors and so we want to remind people to check on their loved ones during this time to ensure their mental well-being and physical safety.”
People who need help or shelter from family violence should call 911 for life threatening emergencies. To make a safety plan or report suspected abuse, call 210-207-SAPD. Family Violence Prevention Services can provide support for those seeking shelter by calling 210-733-8810.
“In a stricter move to protect our staff and the community, we have no choice but to do what most are being asked to do: stay home. Even with a limited staff, our focus continues to be the safety of our community,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.
As a result of the joint “Stay Home Work Safe” orders of Bexar County and the City of San Antonio, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office has instructed much of its staff to follow the order and stay home. However, some of its staff are necessary for the purposes of protective orders, magistration, grand jury presentations, intake review of new arrest cases and limited court hearings for pending cases.
When necessary, County staff may contact victims and witnesses by phone to discuss cases but will not meet face-to-face as long as the threat of COVID-19 remains in the community.
To apply for a protective order, call 210-631-0100 to begin the process. Applicants who meet the required legal criteria will come to the Family Justice Center by appointment only to sign a sworn affidavit. Starting today, applicants may also fill out the intake form online here: The form may be submitted online or by mail.
Child abuse prevention information
The City of San Antonio’s positive parenting program (Triple P) gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems from developing. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will partner with area school districts to disseminate this information to parents.
In addition, the San Antonio Police Department continues to work with local school districts through its Handle with Care program. Any incident where a student is a victim or a witness to a violent crime is reported to the schools so that counselors and staff can follow-up with the students to help them navigate the difficult circumstances.
If a person or someone they know needs help, they should call the Family Violence Prevention Services Crisis Intervention Hotline at (210) 733-8810 to speak with a hotline specialist, 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year.
Dial 911 to report an emergency.
Officer Doug Greene #1665
Media Services Department
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 10:00 am
According to the CDC, the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Southwest Preparatory School is dedicated to providing tools, resources and counseling to support our families during this time of crisis. 
Our school counselors are available to students and their familiy members. To schedule a meeting with one of our counselors, please click on the names below. 
Texas Health and Human Services Commission urges all Texans to use 211 for referral and information. (Resources include local community resources for financial assistance for utilities or rent and food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, and senior services.)
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks-From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  At the end of the document, there are national hotlines that people can call for help with various things. 
Talking to Kids About Coronavirus-From The Child Mind Institute.  There are several good sources out there for this, but I thought this one was the least overwhelming.  It includes a video that people can watch.
Talking With Children-From SAMHSA. This one is good because it breaks it down by age and also talks about how to recognize anxiety in these different age groups. 
3 Reasons to Meditate During the Battle Against Coronavirus-From Psychology Today.  Mindfulness is something that can easily be done at home and there are exercises for all age groups.  
Guided Mindfulness exercises:
Sitting Still Like a Frog-Shambahala Productions.  Includes 17 guided mindfulness exercises, including movement exercises, for kids.