STAY CONNECTED DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
We know these are difficult days as our country moves through the COVID-19 crisis. Staying connected to others and keeping up with physical and mental health needs are important ways you can maintain well-being and manage stress during this time. We’ve learned from so many women in our network that there are great ways to stay connected to one another even when you aren’t able to meet face-to-face. You can stay in touch with the WoVeN community by signing up for our email list or seeing what we’re up to on our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.
Online WoVeN Groups
The WoVeN Team has worked hard to increase our capacity to provide additional Online WoVeN Groups. Peer Leaders have teamed up and led almost 50 Online Groups since the beginning of March. Online WoVeN Groups have allowed women Veterans to form new connections and engage with the WoVeN content even in this time of social distancing. If you’d like to sign up for an Online Group, all you have to do is fill out this form then we’ll follow-up with announcements about joining a new group. Groups are filled on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to submit your form soon!
Mental Health & Wellness Resources
The WoVeN Team has pooled some resources that you or a loved one may find useful during this time. While WoVeN doesn’t provide mental health services, there are many resources that can help you learn more about mental health symptoms or connect you with the resources that could be helpful. You can also check out a wider range of resources that we have compiled here.
If You Are In Crisis
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line:
- You can dial 988 (press 1)
- Send a text to 838255,
- Or start an online Confidential Veterans Chat with a counselor
- You can also visit the Veterans Crisis Line’s website to learn more.
- Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
- Call 911
- Go to the nearest emergency room
Coping with Stress During COVID-19
The Mobile Mental Health Team at the National Center for PTSD developed an app designed to help build resilience, manage stress, and increase well-being during this crisis.
The National Center for PTSD created a comprehensive toolkit of resources and handouts to help manage stress and maintain well-being during the Coronavirus pandemic. There are resources for everyone as well as specific resources for health care workers & responders and for employers & community leaders.
The National Center for PTSD’s MST Support Team developed a handout with a variety of strategies and resources to help MST survivors manage stress and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these strategies include resources on increasing mindful movement, staying connected, staying safe, and increasing coping skills. You can take a look at the MST Support Team’s resources and recommendations here!
TRICARE has created a list of ways to cope with the challenges of social distancing. The list also includes information on the mental health options offered by TRICARE.
Staying #wovenstrong During COVID-19
Each of our WoVeN Themes has online resources and activities that are meant to extend the WoVeN experience beyond the 8-week groups. We’ve hand-picked exercises from each theme that may be particularly useful to you during the COVID-19 crisis.
Sometimes the best way to manage stress is to take some time away from the news and find creative ways to relax and feel connected with others.
The Military Sisterhood Initiative (MSI) provides a safe space for military women to connect online and encourage one another as they explore new opportunities for personal growth, purpose and fulfillment. MSI offers a great place for women Veterans to connect online, especially during social distancing!
The U.S. Army Field Band’s newest online initiative, “We Stand Ready,” is serving communities across the country by providing a virtual concert series and maintaining a connection between the American people. Check out their upcoming online programming here!
Make the Connection is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, as well as their family members, friends, and supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives.
Each WoVeN group meeting focuses on a new theme to help group members share and reflect on many different aspects of the lives. Take our quiz to find out what WoVeN meeting you are!