COVID-19 Information (April 9th, 2020)

Dear Parishioners,

There's a saying that comes to mind during this unprecedented time: "never worry alone." This idiom is meant to encourage each other to express our concerns and to let one another know how we can best support each other during challenging times. When we act on this sentiment, our congregation can grow closer and our anxieties may even subside. In the wake of COVID-19, we know there are many people who are experiencing different levels of anxiety. Well, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to worry alone. I've compiled a list of resources to help you take care of yourself and others during this time. And, as we keep socially connected by means of phone calls, notes and cards, Zoom calls, Facebook messaging and Facetime, while practicing "social distancing", I hope these resources will help you think through what matters most to you when it comes to the care you may need. Use these resources to help you talk about this with those who matter most to you. I hope these resources put your heart at ease just a little bit more, and I wish you good health; BODY, MIND and SPIRIT.

Be Well,

Jennifer Hildebrand, Parish Nurse (563) 370-4412 kjhildebrand@windstream.net

Emergency Resources

  • Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA) Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Link) Call 800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline
  • Crisis Textline (Link) Text TALK to 741741
  • Veterans Crisis Line (VA) Call 800-273-8255 or text 838255

Mental Health Resources

  • https://www.nami.org/covid-19
  • NAMI Iowa is offering a free and confidential mental health resource line for children and adults. The NAMI Iowa non-crisis resource line is available by calling (515) 254-0417.

Additional Resources

Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus and Children

  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
    An article that offers a list of ways you can talk to your kids about the coronavirus. This article is intended to help you introduce a challenging topic to your children in a simple way that they can easily digest.
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
    So what should you tell kids about the coronavirus, and how? This article shares tips from a pediatrician, two psychologists, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and a safety expert.

Managing Stress and Anxiety