General Resources

On May 7th, 2020 the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a three-phase plan for resuming regular operations at its medical centers, benefit offices and national cemeteries in a post-COVID-19 setting.

 

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

  • Launching Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) on Monday 5/18/20.

    • One-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household. Visit CHIRLA's website here to learn more.

WeRise Virtual Festival - https://werise.la/

  • WE RISE 2020: Virtual May is a month-long spotlight on well-being and healing through art, music and creative expression to help the entire Los Angeles County community. We are stronger together. And, together, we are building a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging, connection, meaning and purpose. This is a safe space where all are welcome.

  • Offers a wide variety of original events – all month long, all online and all for free. They are hosting live performances, interactive workshops, theme nights and town halls featuring some of your favorite artists, musicians and other special guests. New events are being added weekly, so check back regularly to discover more ways to join in.

  • All events are virtual, free and open to everyone. Explore the May line-up and mark your calendar with your favorites. A few of their special workshops require an RSVP. For everything else, simply log on to your preferred platform at the event’s start time. They'll be live-streaming on our social media platforms via Facebook Live, YouTube Live and Twitch. Additional details about how to join each event are provided in the daily listings on the website.

How to Manage Stress and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak - U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

  • Taking care of your well-being, including your mental health, is essential during this time. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Many people may experience stress, fear, anxiety, or feelings of depression. This is normal. There are things that you can do to manage your stress and anxiety:

    • Exercise regularly, try to eat well-balanced meals, and get plenty of sleep.

    • Limit alcohol.

    • Practice breathing exercises and/or meditation. VA has many free mental health apps for Veterans like Mood Coach, COVID Coach, and Mindfulness Coach.

    • Take breaks from the news (see below for tips).

    • Stay connected with others while practicing social distancing (see below for tips).

    • Participate in activities or hobbies that you enjoy, or learn a new one.

    • Keep your current mental health appointments. VA offers both video and phone telemental health options that do not require you to go to your closest facility in-person should you have a medical concern or need to follow specific social distancing guidelines in your community.

    • Learn ways to connect with VA providers using telehealth options and schedule or reschedule your appointment online. If you are requesting a new mental health appointment, please call your local VA and they will work to arrange an appointment for you. If you need same day access for mental health services, call your local VA to request this and you will be connected to care.

  • Also, see these great resources on managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19:

  • Avoid too much exposure to news

    • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. If you feel anxious or stressed from the information, struggle to turn off the TV or log off of social media, or have trouble sleeping, you might want to limit the amount and type of news you are viewing. Try to do enjoyable activities, return to normal life as much as possible, and check for updates between breaks.

  • Stay connected

    • During times of social distancing, it is normal to have increased feelings of loneliness, sadness, fear, or anxiety. It is important for everyone to stay connected. Here are some ways to feel more connected:

    • Seek support from family, friends, mentors, clergy, and those who are in similar circumstances. While face-to-face communication may be difficult, be flexible and creative using phone, email, text messaging, and video calls. Sign up or join a virtual social network that includes service members and Veterans.

    • Keep in touch with fellow Veterans and assist them in navigating this new environment if they are having a hard time. Teach them how to use VA Video Connect through the VA mobile app store as VA increases virtual health and mental health appointment availability.

    • As a Veteran, you have been uniquely trained in emergency response situations. Your resilience and strength can assist others during these times. Connection can also happen when you give back to your community by sharing your expertise and support with family, friends, and neighbors through acts of kindness and volunteer opportunities which will arise.

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