The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of attention to mental health concerns during our time of social distancing and staying at home. Fear, depression, and anxiety have been at the forefront of the conversation regarding our mental and emotional health however, not much has been discussed regarding how psychologically traumatic this experience is for us and our nation.
We recognize that this outbreak has not been categorized as being a "trauma" for many reasons which may include not understanding what exactly trauma is, not perceiving that what they are undergoing is actually a potentially traumatic experience, and possibly that people may not be able to conceptualize that trauma can happen at this magnitude for all of us.
The Chester County ACEs Coalition would like to ensure that we all understand what exactly a "trauma" is as well as who could be effected by it. The CDC refers to a "traumatic event" as "an event, or series of events, that causes moderate to severe stress reactions. Traumatic events are characterized by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and friends and relatives of victims who have been directly involved. In addition to potentially affecting those who suffer injuries or loss. They may also affect people who have witnessed the event either firsthand or on television. Stress reactions immediately following a traumatic event are very common, however, most of the reactions will resolve within ten days."
In short, all of us are effected by this collective traumatic experience called COVID-19. For that reason, we have provided you with a list of articles, tools, and resources to help you all through this uncertain and stressful event.
Sheltering in Place: ACEs-Informed Tips for Self-Care During a Pandemic
Trauma Informed Response During Uncertain Times
Lessons from Coronavirus: We are more resilient than we feel
Supporting Teenagers & Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus
Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
CDC's Guide to Daily Life & Coping During the Coronavirus
Too Much Coronavirus Media Exposure may be bad for your Health
Coronavirus: The Psychological Trauma and PTSD Event
The Coronavirus Effect: How "COVID-19 Kids" will Recover from Trauma
Chester County Resources
United Way of Chester County (All Resource Phone Line): 2-1-1
If you are feeling worried, anxious, or depressed and need to speak with someone please call the Chester County Warm Line at 1-866-846-2722.
If you are in crisis, please call Chester County Valley Creek Crisis at 610-280-3270.
If you prefer to text someone during a crisis, please text HOME to 741-741.
- Human Services Inc. (West Chester Area): 610-429-3033
- La Comunidad Hispana (Kennett Area): 610-444-7550
- Maternal and Child Health Consortium (Coatesville Area): 484-378-4030
- Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (Southern Chester County): 610-932-8557
- Phoenixville Area Community Services (Phoenixville Area): 610-933-1105