Signs and help for dealing with the stress of the COVID-19 outbreak – WTHR

Posted: March 22, 2020 at 4:44 am

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) Concerns over COVID-19 could be leaving you or your loved ones stressed.

Eyewitness News reached out to Community Health Network and got these tips and resources to help:

If you experience signals of distress for several days in a row without any relief, you might want to reach out to your primary care physician, a mental health professional, a clergy member, or a crisis hotline.

Community Health Network has some tips for helping you manage stress during this time.

Indianapolis area Crisis and Suicide Intervention Hotline: Call (317) 251-7575 or Text CSIS to 839863

Mood Kit

MoodKit uses the foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and provides users with over 200 different mood improvement activities. Developed by two clinical psychologists, MoodKit helps you learn how to change how you think, and develop self-awareness and healthy attitudes. The journal feature is a great way to practice self-care by reflecting on the day, noting any distressing thoughts, and documenting how you overcame them.

(Free; iOS)

Mind Shift

Mind Shift is one of the best mental health apps designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. Think of this app as the cheerleader in your pocket, encouraging you to take charge of your life, ride out intense emotions, and face challenging situations.

(Free; iOS and Android)

Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM)

SAM might be perfect for you if youre interested in self-help, but meditation isnt your thing. Users are prompted to build their own 24-hour anxiety toolkit that allows you to track anxious thoughts and behavior over time, and learn 25 different self-help techniques. You can also use SAMs Social Cloud feature to confidentially connect with other users in an online community for additional support.

(Free; iOS and Android)


Need a happy fix? With its psychologist-approved mood-training program, the Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts. The best part? Its free!

(Free; iOS and Android)


MoodTools aims to support people with clinical depression by aiding the path to recovery. Discover helpful videos that can improve your mood and behavior, log and analyze your thoughts using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles, develop a suicide safety plan and more with this free app.

(Free; iOS and Android)


nOCD was designed with the help of OCD specialists and patients to incorporate two treatments: mindfulness and Exposure Response Prevention Treatment. You can receive immediate, clinically-supported guidance when an OCD episode strikes, take weekly tests to assess the severity of your OCD, and have motivational support along the way. One user calls nOCD a free therapist in your pocket!

(Free; iOS)

PTSD Coach

Created by the VAs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), PTSD Coach offers everything from a self-assessment for PTSD, to opportunities to find support, positive self-talk and anger management. Whats great about this app is that you can customize tools based on your own individual needs and preferences, and integrate your own contacts, photos, and music.4

(Free; iOS and Android)


Sometimes you just need to breathe and remind yourself you are okay. Breathe2Relax is made for just that. Created by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, this app is a portable stress management tool that teaches users a skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe2Relax works by decreasing the bodys fight-or-flight stress response, making it a great option for people suffering from PTSD.

(Free; iOS and Android)

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