Getting a break from the pandemic is an important part of mental health, so starting today, I’m steering the Care Package back toward what it once was: an escape from the daily grind by focusing on the beautiful things in life.
I’ll keep self-care tips going, and I’ll relay important pandemic-related info as it comes up. The list of important phone numbers and websites will also remain at the bottom of each Care Package. But I’m also going to get back to including poetry, art, and other cultural inspiration.
The Flashback Care Package will be sticking around, too, posting daily at 3 p.m.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, I hope the Care Packages help you out in at least some small way. Much love.
Poetry: A Far Country by Leslie Pinckney Hill
Beyond the cities I have seen,
Beyond the wrack and din,
There is a wide and fair demesne
Where I have never been.
Song In My Head: The River Knows Your Name by John Hiatt
Photorealism: Vija Celmins’ Spider Web
Self-Care: 10-Minute Seated Morning Yoga Stretch
Healthy, Easy, Cheap: Double Chocolate Banana Cookies
Scenic: New Hampshire
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS & WEBSITES
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255, suicidepreventionlifeline.org
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233, thehotline.org/help
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453, childhelp.org
The Trevor Project LGBTQ Crisis Hotline: 866-488-7386, thetrevorproject.org
GLBT National Health Center: 888-843-4564, https://www.glbthotline.org/
GLBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743, https://www.glbthotline.org/talkline.html
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, veteranscrisisline.net
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860, translifeline.org
State Labor Offices: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/state/contacts
State & Local Health Departments: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/Phone-Numbers_State-and-Local-Health-Departments.pdf
Child Welfare Information Gateway: https://www.childwelfare.gov/contact/