Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster Counties wants you to remember: Take care of yourself during these times of elevated fear and stress.
“Coping with fear of Coronavirus, the related isolation, change of routine, and other challenges that have resulted during these unusual times, has been stressful for people of all ages and walks of life,” said CEO Dean Scher, a licensed master social worker. “Taking proactive steps to manage that stress will make each of us, and our community, stronger and healthier. Practicing self-care is key to maintaining both our physical and our mental health.”
Tips for managing stress:
-Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, balanced meals. Get plenty of exercise and sleep.
-Meditation, reflection, or practice deep breathing to unwind and relax.
-Stay in touch with friends and loved ones by phone, video chat or letter-writing.
-Take a break from media coverage to prevent information overload.
-Spend time outdoors, if possible.
-Don’t self-medicate. If you’re in recovery, turn to your counselor, physician or support system for help.
-Engage in activities you enjoy. Learn a new skill or start a new hobby.
-Find ways to help others.
-Stay home if you can, and follow the social distancing guidelines if you must go out. Wear a mask, maintain your distance, wash your hands.
Catholic Charities and its programs and services are open, with adjustments to protect the health of staff and the public, for those who are struggling with stress or other related issues. Program adjustments have been made to promote responsible social distancing and protect the health and well-being of both employees and clients.
Addiction treatment and recovery services, including medication-assisted treatment, are available at Catholic Charities in Orange and Sullivan counties. New admissions, counseling sessions, and group therapy are available through telephone and tele-health..
- Goshen – 294-5888
- Middletown – 343-7675
- Monroe – 782-0295
- Monticello – 794-8080
- Newburgh – 562-8255
- Port Jervis – 856-6344
- Walden – 778-5628
- Monticello – 794-8080
Catholic Charities Case Management Services remain available to help those in need of emergency food and shelter and other safety net support. Call your closest Catholic Charities’ Case Management office. Visit www.cccsos.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a listing.
The Catholic Charities food pantry at the 6 Adams St. Ulster Community Center in Kingston is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.