Family/Medical Leave Act Link to information regarding expansion of these benefits in CaresAct due to Covid19.
Workers Benefits Chart This chart contains links to information regarding: Disability, Paid Family Leave, Unemployment Insurance (California), Workers’ Compensation, Paid Sick Leave
Onwardca.org New California Website for people who’ve lost their jobs, are seeking jobs, and/or need help with food, money, shelter, childcare, job training, etc. All levels of jobs.
LA CARES – Child Care for Essential and Low-Income Workers “Additional funding for child care has been released. If you need child care in order to perform your work and meet the eligibility criteria below, please fill out this application and your local child care services agency will contact you.”
LA County Food Distribution Apply for CalFresh or WIC, find LA County food distribution events, locate your nearest food pantry, and more.
211 LA Food Finder “211 LA has partnered with Slingshot Aerospace to create a mapping tool that makes locating food resources near you easier than ever. Add your location and filter by type of resource, then click to see detailed information about the resource and how to access it.” Filters include food pantries, programs for seniors, children, and youth, meals, and food benefit programs.
COVID-19: Tenants & Landlords “What you need to know about temporary rent freezes and eviction moratoriums.”
Inner City Law Center: Lawyers Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project “Inner City Law Center does whatever it takes to help homeless and precariously housed clients overcome barriers to stable housing. We provide legal advocacy for a wide range of issues, including clearing unpaid tickets, expunging criminal records, defending unlawful evictions, appealing the denial of public benefits, addressing consumer finance issues, adjusting immigration status, obtaining important documents, certifying pets as emotional support animals, and lots more. If our clients need assistance that we cannot provide, we find someone else who can help.”
COVID-19 Care and Prevention
Preventing Spread LA County Public Health Department instructions on sanitizing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Daily Life and Coping A Guide from the CDC on everything from safe shopping practices to managing stress.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home CDC Guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting different surfaces of your home, including if someone is sick
Covered California Covered California is offering a Special Enrollment Period for all who are without healthcare coverage at this time.
Resources for Families with Children
Children’s Defense Fund COVID-19 Resource Hub Includes resources related to obtaining healthcare coverage, education, the specific needs of immigrants families and those in the child welfare system, and more.
Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic “Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids.” Also available in Español.
Child Study Center – Scholastic Collaborative A collection of resources for the emotional and mental health of both parents and children, including First Aid for Feelings (also available in Español and Français), a Family Help Desk, and guidance for how to talk to children of a variety of ages about COVID-19, all from the Child Study Center – Scholastic Collaborative at the Yale School of Medicine.
Programming from the Public Broadcasting System:
Mental Health Resources
Feeling Worried/Angry/Confused? Try these actions in order to come to place of increased calm.
IF THIS IS A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
If you feel too much stress inside, you can try the following to help come back to your Resilient Zone. Some will work better for you than others. So use the one(s) that fit the best for you.
- Drink a glass of water or juice.
- If you are outside, touch the surface of something in nature…grass, a tree, water…whatever is in the environment.
- Look around the space where you are – inside or outside – paying attention to anything that catches your attention.
- Name six colors you see in the space that you are in – outside or inside.
- Count backwards from 20 as you walk around the room.
- If you’re inside, notice the furniture and touch the surface – noticing if it is hard, soft, rough, cold, warm, etc…
- Notice the temperature of the space – is it cold, warm, hot, just right?
- Notice the sounds within the space – inside or outside.
- If you’re outside or inside, walk and pay attention to the movement in your arms and legs and how your feet are making contact with the ground.
- Push your hands against the wall or door slowly and notice your muscles pushing. Or push your back against a surface (wall, tree, etc.) and notice your back and legs making contact with the surface.
If you are still distressed or if you are feeling suicidal or not like yourself and need to speak with someone, you can call 1-800-273-8255 – the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/Veterans Crisis Line. You can also text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. For More see: http://www.ichillapp.com/
Open Path Psychotherapy Collective “In partnership with licensed mental health clinicians in private practice throughout the fifty states, Open Path Psychotherapy Collective provides middle and lower-income level individuals, couples, families, and children with access to affordable psychotherapy and mental health education services.”
Talkspace “Talkspace is therapy for all. Online therapy lets you connect with a licensed therapist from the privacy of your device — at a significantly lower cost than traditional, in-person therapy.”
Trevor Project LGBTQ youth can access support by phone call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678679
Trans Lifeline “877-565-8860; Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.”
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network Practitioner Directory “Our directory is an interactive digital resource that helps QTPoC locate QTPoC mental health practitioners across the country. It includes a Google map as well as a Featured Practitioners page which is organized regionally to assist people in identifying a practitioner to work with. To date, we have 145+ psychotherapists in the directory, and we are continuing outreach efforts to increase the number of practitioners in under-resourced regions, especially the southeast and midwest.”
NAMI Statement on Recent Racist Incidents A compilation of mental health resources specifically for African Americans
Inclusive Therapists “We are a mental health community that commits to and practices: Advancing justice & equity for all intersectional identities; culturally affirming & responsive client care; centering the needs of marginalized, underserved populations; celebrating all identities and abilities in all bodies; decolonizing & destigmatizing mental healthcare; dismantling systemic oppression & white supremacy in mental healthcare.”
Therapy for Black Girls “Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls”; includes a therapist directory.
Asian Mental Health Collective “The Asian Mental Health Collective aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide”; includes a therapist directory.
Therapy for Latinx “For years mental health has been stigmatized in our community and sometimes going to therapy with someone who didn’t understand our culture left us feeling even worse than when we started. Think of this website as a Yelp for therapists that look and talk like you. They might have even grown up in your neighborhood or shopping at your local bodega.”
California Peer-Run Warm Line “The Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415) is a non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support. We provide assistance via phone and webchat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.”
Friendship Line “1-888-670-1360; a 24-hour toll-free chat line to provide emotional support to older Californians facing loneliness, isolation and anxiety.”
Teen Line “310-855-4673; if you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you!”
LA County Resources
LA County Department of Mental Health A compilation of mental health resources specifically with regard to COVID-19
Tri-City Mental Health Resources and support for people in the La Verne, Claremont, and Pomona areas
Spiritual Health Resources
Headspace App Free for LA County residents through December 31st
Breathe2Relax “This app is a stress management tool, which will help you learn how to perform and use diaphragmatic breathing techniques for stress control. It also provides you with education about the biology of stress, the effects of stress on the body, how to do diaphragmatic breathing, and the biology of breathing.”
MindfulUSC “The Mindful USC app is free, unlike all other meditation apps, and is also tailored to you and your USC experience and focuses on building a supporting community rather than isolating you on another mobile app and getting you to pay a monthly subscription.”
My3 “With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.”
The Virtual Hope Box: “The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient’s own smartphone according to the patient’s specific needs.”
Ritual “Ritual collaborates with renowned scientific, spiritual and cultural leaders to build their wisdom into guided-audio experiences. Practice journaling with Alex Elle; pray the Examen with James Martin; deepen your sense of spiritual connection with Barbara Brown Taylor; explore deeper meaning at work and in life with Parker Palmer – and much more, all on one platform.”