Tips for Physical Distancing in a Multigenerational Home
California, like much of the world, has been greatly impacted by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Recently California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order for all California residents to stay home, practice physical distancing, and only leave their home for essential activities.
This directive will keep people isolated in their homes for the foreseeable future, which depending on an individual’s home living situation can bring up a variety of situations and emotions. Experts predict many people will experience mental health challenges as a result of this decree.
According to a report published by Pew Research Center, U.S. Hispanics are one of the most likely populations to live in multigenerational family households. That means during this period of isolation, many Hispanic families will have multiple generations under one roof experiencing various challenges. For example, given the reports about how lethal this virus can be among the elderly, the grandparents in the household might be experiencing a vastly different mental health challenge than the parents and grandchildren.
We encourage families to make time to unite and talk about the different health and mental health challenges each person might be facing during this pandemic. Opening a conversation is likely to bring subjects to the table you might not have considered. For example, grandparents could have wisdom to share about how they managed anxiety when living through other troubling times in history. While the younger members of the household might be able to share their feelings along with their knowledge about technology and resources like this toolkit courtesy of Shine or the Each Mind Matters blog that highlights the importance of staying connected with your community now more than ever. We also encourage you to read and share our Tips for Self-Care During COVID-19.
Talking about these mental health challenges among family during a time like this can help everybody cope and overcome the anxiety and worries we are all experiencing. For more information follow us on social media at @EachMindMatters on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- EDD Information for people who are laid off, sick, or caring for family members.
- Covered California will be extending its open enrollment to those eligible through June 30.
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Line: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Teen Line: Text “TEEN” to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST for teen-to-teen education and support.
- The Peer-Run Warm Line: 855-845-7415 for peer-run non-emergency emotional support.
- Older Californians can stay connected with their communities during isolation, and receive help accessing food or medical supplies by calling 833-544-2374.
- CDC: Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19
- CDC: Stigma and Resilience During COVID-19
- CDC: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
- SAMHSA: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak – Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation