Self-isolating will be hard and lonely. Check in on your neighbors and loved ones.
- Stay in touch via phone calls, texting, or social media. Snail mail is not considered a high risk, so go ahead and send letters and care packages.
- Hold social events online. Consider Zoom, Discord, or other options. Many social media platforms have a “Live” option. You can also play games online, such as Skribblio (it’s like pictionary).
- Consider the Italian option of impromptu balcony/window concerts!
- People who are elderly are already at risk of loneliness, and their need for strict isolation can exacerbate that. For many elderly people, the best form of communication is a phone call.
- Isolation and boredom can exacerbate many mental illnesses. If someone has shared with you that they have a mental illness, check on them.
- Consider obtaining Narcan, the life-saving medication for opioid overdoses that requires no medical training to use. People struggling with opioid addiction are at increased risk as legal mandates close methadone clinics, loneliness triggers a relapse, and/or their drug supply dries up.
- Save these emergency hotline numbers to your phone so you have them handy if you or a friend need them: