During the novel coronavirus outbreak, a lot of information has come our way in a very short time.
On this page, we will provide links to solid information from reliable, trustworthy sources.
If you want to know more, begin with these resources:
World Health Organization at https://www.who.int
The Centers for Disease Control at https://cdc.gov
PA Department of Health at www.health.pa.gov
Remember the basics, repeat them often:
+ Wash your hands.
+ Keep hands off face.
+ Stay home.
+ Mask if you must leave your home. Be sure to maintain at least 6′ between yourself and any other person.
+ Sanitize “high touch” areas often during the day.
Covid 19 vaccine group 1A has been expanded! It now includes anyone over the age of 65 and anyone with at-risk conditions! Here are some links to see if you qualify and where and how to register:
Please note: If you have a MyGeisinger account or not, you can sign in or create a password etc., follow the covid links to register for a date.
Another great resource is the Penn State Extension. Visit this link to get a recipe for a homemade sanitizer, and you’ll see many other items to interest you in their online newsletter. You can subscribe for free if you choose. https://extension.psu.edu/make-your-own-sanitizing-solution
Here is a link to the Penn State Extension Health and Wellness newsletter. Click on these words.
Penn State Extension resources come to us courtesy of our own Mary R. Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N., Nutrition Links Supervisor
LEARN TO TELL THE DIFFERENCES between your allergies, a cold, the flu, and the onset of covid-19 by carefully reading the article from the Mayo Clinic provided by our Parish Nurse. Click on these words: COVID-19, cold, allergies and the flu: What are the differences?
COMMONWEALTH HEALTH FIRST HOSPITAL HAS ONCE AGAIN OPENED UP A TEMPORARY CRISIS LOCATION DETAILS BELOW…
We would like to remind residents and staff that behavioral health Crisis Services are available as always at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital ER 575 River St Wilkes-Barre. We understand that some people may be reluctant to go to the ER during this time so beginning Tuesday January 19th Crisis Services will be available at a secondary location of Community Counseling Services 110 S Pennsylvania Ave Wilkes-Barre. The new location is open weekdays from 8am to 4:00pm and phone number is 570-552-6000.
WITH THE PANDEMIC, acute anxiety and depression are arising in people who would never have known it otherwise and are even less prepared to manage it. Stefanie from Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services has shared a couple of resources to help us learn to cope. Check out this phenomenal resource for relaxing. It is from the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, and is chock-full of resources (check the wording ¾ though the website address – “Relax-Relax”): https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/psychological-emotional-wellbeing/relax-relax/pages/introduction.html
Here is the next resource: https://18percent.org/about/
About 18percent: “18percent is a free online Slack (a workplace chat application) community for anyone living with a mental health issue – no matter how small or large. We understand the issue is widespread. In fact, in 2017 when we were founded, 18.9% of Americans were living with mental illness, and today the stat is closer to 1 in 5. That’s why we created a community for folks to meet like-minded people. It can be hard to talk to someone who may not understand first-hand what you’re going through. On 18percent you can chat in real-time with 1000s of people from around the world.” It is free, anonymous and anyone may join.
We received another email from Stephanie at Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services. Here are some links that might help with substance use and recovery issues during the pandemic:
- Pause-A-While (see below)
- Free Recovery App Launches to Help During COVID-19 Shutdown (see below)
Free App to Support People in Recovery During COVID-19 Outbreak
As the nation grapples with COVID-19, it’s important to remember that social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, especially for those of us in recovery from addiction, who rely on supportive networks as part of our healing.
To help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, Addiction Policy Forum has partnered with CHESS Health to launch the Connections App, a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.
With the App You Can…
- Track your sobriety,
- Access e-therapy to learn new recovery skills,
- Connect with trained counselors and peers through messaging,
- Clinical support available 7 days/week, 9:00 am -10:00 pm EST
- Track your treatment plan and set reminders,
- Journal daily about your journey,
- And discover helpful videos, testimonials and more through the unique resource library.
- Online Al Anon Zoom meeting: Tuesdays 12 PM, Spirit of Hope (clubhouse) meeting: Meeting ID is 783 615 3726 Password is 729473.
- Another: Monday 7 PM, One Day at a Time AFG: Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 626 771 188 Password: 020492
People can join Zoom meetings with the Meeting ID and Password. If you’re using a computer, go to https://zoom.us/ and log in (or create a free account if you don’t have one yet). You can also join the meeting from a phone or tablet by downloading the Zoom Cloud Meetings app, clicking “Join Meeting,” and entering the Meeting ID and the Password.
More Websites for Recovery and Support
1. Unity Recovery – Recovery Community Organization –
Unity Recovery + WEconnect + SOS Recovery + Alano Club are now offering free virtual recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic
2. Recovery Link – https://myrecoverylink.com/digital-recovery-support/
Whether you are looking for a daily recovery meeting, a recovery yoga class, a recovery Cross Fit session, engagement with a peer specialist, or just a place to connect with your network – we’ve got you covered.
3. Recovery Dharma Online – https://recoverydharma.online/
Recovery Dharma Online organizes daily meetings accessible via computer, smartphone, or dial-in. Together we meditate, study Buddhist teachings, and support each other on our paths to sobriety and peace.
4. Parent Partnership – https://conversation.zone/parent-partnership/
Join with other parents in a friendly and caring atmosphere to; find support if you aren’t sure if your child’s drinking or drug use is typical experimentation, or something you may need to address; connect with other parents whose children have either struggled with substance use or addiction, or are currently in recovery; become informed, empowered and find resources and outside help when needed. We are not professionals – we are simply parents helping parents. There is no charge to attend. Meetings are friendly and confidential.
5. SMART Recovery – https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/
40+ Weekly Online Recovery Meetings, 24/7 Discussion Forums and Support (open to ages 13 and older).
6. Nar-Anon Chat – https://www.naranonchat.com/
This website is intended to bring together family members and friends of addicts and give them a place to communicate and learn from the each other. The Chat Room will be available at all hours for people to come together and chat live. We will hold online meetings in the Chat Room at the following times: Monday: 9 pm ET, Thursday: 9pm ET, Saturday: 8:30pm ET
7. Grief In Common – https://www.griefincommon.com/
The only online community designed to connect those who are grieving based on background and similar experiences for chats and opportunities to meet in person.
8. The Phoenix – https://thephoenix.org/covid19/
We are The Phoenix, and since 2006, our free sober active community has inspired more than 26,000 people across America to believe they have the strength to rise from the ashes of addiction through the support of those who are walking that very same path. The only membership fee is 48 hours of continuous sobriety… And we’re here for you when you’re ready, because together we are stronger…As we are committed to still deliver opportunities for social connection during this challenging time, we have introduced daily live-streamed, virtual programming for Crossfit, Yoga, and Meditation along with other online social events.
Apps for Recovery and Support
(These logos are not linked. Find them in the Apple store, GooglePlay, or wherever you get your apps