Care Package for Monday, May 11, 2020

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.
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Song In My Head: The River Knows Your Name by John Hiatt

Photorealism: Vija Celmins’ Spider Web

Photo credit: zanebennettgallery.com

Self-Care: 10-Minute Seated Morning Yoga Stretch

Healthy, Easy, Cheap: Double Chocolate Banana Cookies

Photo credit: runningwithspoons.com

Scenic: New Hampshire

Photo credit: discovernewengland.org

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/

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