Always, And Especially in Times of Crisis — Words Matter
Words matter. Even more so in a time like this when an unprecedented public health crisis requires us to keep those we care about at a distance to stay safe. When we hear the term “social distancing” it is important to know the words used do not adequately reflect what is being asked of us.
For this reason, Each Mind Matters is adopting the phrase “physical distancing,” rather than “social distancing” to address the current situation. This language is more accurate and supportive of our overall physical and mental health and well-being.
Each Mind Matters has long recognized the importance and impact words have on a person’s psyche. How we speak can have a negative or positive impact on those around us. This is why it is important for everyone to use language that has a positive impact on the mental well-being of ourselves and others, As communities continue to adjust to the realities and environment presented by COVID-19, we must ensure we are supporting each other and using language that is helpful to the health and well-being of our friends, families, and colleagues.
While remaining at six-foot distance from those we don’t live with is essential for the well-being of our community’s health, it is also important to stay connected socially.
Social connectedness includes we still make sure we maintain healthy connections with people even if we cannot be around each other physically. Something as simple as giving a friend a call to check in on them and have a conversation can go a long way during these times.
Check our recent blog for ideas about how to stay socially connected during this period of physical distancing.
Please join us in using the term “physical distancing” in place of “social distancing” as we all work to stay socially connected during these trying times.
- EDD Information for people who are laid off, sick, or caring for family members.
- Covered CA is 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
For more related content and information regarding the latest mental health resources and support during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit EachMindMatters.org/COVID-19.