The Center continues to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic situation carefully. While our initial response may be altered, we still are available to support survivors of sexual violence via the agency’s 24-Hour Support Line. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call (805)736-7273 to speak to an advocate.
We know that this is a very stressful time for everyone. There is a lot of fear and worry about our health and that of those we love. As someone who may be suffering from anxiety, you may be experiencing sleeplessness or changes in your eating patterns. You may have trouble concentrating. You may have a worsening of current chronic health problems. Some folks might even try to cope with the increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. There are things you can do to support yourself during these difficult times. First, take breaks from media….don’t continue to watch the news or read stories on Facebook that might not be factual. Secondly, listen to your body. Take deep breaths, get up and walk around, meditate if you’re into that. Just do something other than fixating on what’s causing your anxiety. Third, find an activity that you like to do, and do it. If you are sheltered at home, pick that hobby that you haven’t had time for, back up. Finally, stay connected. Don’t isolate yourself. FaceTime, Skype, chat, text. Just stay connected.