Resources to Promote Well-Being During COVID-19 Outbreak

Published: April 1st, 2020

Category: Uncategorized

If you are aware of additional resources that should be added to this list, please email them to lmerlo@ufl.edu

Mental Well-being

Physical Well-being

Psychosocial Well-being

Occupational Well-Being

Resources for Parents

Mental Well-Being

Mental Health

Crisis/Emergency counseling for UF community by phone

  • 24 hours a day, 7 days/week
  • UF Crisis & Emergency phone counseling for Students: (352) 392-1575
  • UF Crisis & Emergency phone counseling for Faculty/Residents/Postdocs/Staff: (352) 392-5787 or 1-833-306-0103 (toll free)
  • Crisis & Emergency phone counseling for UF Health/Shands Employees: 352-265-5493 or 866-643-9375
  • National Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433); Or online chat
  • Alachua County Crisis Center: 352-264-6789
  • Alachua County Sexual Assault Helpline:  Call 352-264-6760 or 1-866-252-5439 (toll free)
  • Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio (en espanol): 1-888-628-9454 (toll free)
  • UF Health Shands Crisis/Emergency Phone counseling for Shands Employees: 352-265-5493

  • 24-hour Bilingual Emotional Support Helpline to Assist Floridians with COVID-19 Related Stress: 833-848-1762

  • Crisis Text Line: Anonymously text in for help during a crisis—simply text any message to \”741741\” to connect

Non-Crisis Mental Health Services for UF Health Community

Non-Crisis Mental Health Services for Local Community

Other Mental Health Resources

Free Meditation Resources

For Individuals in Recovery

Online meetings

Recovery Apps

  • Sober Grid – allows you to interact, support, and engage with other people in recovery using a platform similar to Facebook.
  • SoberTool is an easy way to track your clean and sober days. The app includes daily motivational messages and reminders to keep you on target.
  • WEconnect provides you with daily reminders to stay on track with your recovery plan. You can create reminders to call your sponsor, go to a group meeting, meditate, etc.
  • AA Big Book – an app that gives you access to the full text of the Big Book, along with a meeting finder, podcasts, prayers, and personal stories.
  • 12 Step Meditation Daily Reflections for AA, NA, Al-Anon: This app features hundreds of easy-to-follow guided meditations, as well as soothing music, prayers, and 12-step recovery audio.
  • Connections App: provides access to e-therapy, clinical support, and a unique e-library of resources. 

Physical Well-Being

Getting Food

Free Meals for Alachua County Children/Teens (0-18)

Grocery Delivery Services

Grocery Curbside Pick-up (Online Ordering) Services

Meal Delivery Services

Restaurant Delivery Services

Getting Medications

Free Online Exercise Resources

Tips to Stop Touching Your Face

 Information About COVID-19

Psychosocial Well-being

Ways to Socialize While Maintaining Social Distancing Precautions

  • Video chat with friends and family (Facetime, Android video chat, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype, Houseparty app)
  • Host a “Netflix Party”
  • Have an Online Karaoke party
  • Play an online multiplayer game together
  • Play charades via Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype (use The Game Gal Word Generator to create your clues)
  • Host an online scavenger hunt (meet via Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype then give everyone a fun list of items to find in their house and “show off” what they find when time is up!)
  • Host a photo/video scavenger hunt—give them a list of silly things to do and take a photo/video of themselves to share with the group (e.g., headstand, attempt to juggle, eat a hot pepper)
  • Play Pictionary via Zoom using the screenshare feature
  • Play digital board games together
  • “Meet” for online party games [not free]
  • Practice your photography skills and share with friends
  • Make/share TikTok videos
  • Play “Car Pool Karaoke” via Zoom—take turns picking a song and challenge other(s) to sing along. Everyone starts muted, then selectively unmute friends to share their performance with the group.
  • Host an online journal club or book club
  • Watch a movie or show “together” via Zoom, Facetime Group, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facebook Live or host a movie Tweet-along via Twitter (start your own #hashtag)
  • Do a craft “together” via Zoom, Facetime Group, or Google Hangouts
  • Write a story together—one person in the group writes a couple sentences, then emails it to the next group member who adds another couple sentences and passes it along. Keep going as many rounds as it remains fun!
  • Play a social online game together (e.g., Words With Friends, Draw Something, Golf Clash)
  • Engage in Virtual Team Building Activities
  • Send emails, notes, texts to your friends and family expressing gratitude and/or admiration

Local/National Religious Services Offered Online (incomplete listing)

(If you are aware of other services being held online, particularly for faith groups not represented here, please email lmerlo@ufl.edu to add them to the list)

Entertain Yourself While in Quarantine

Consider keeping a COVID-19 Journal to remember this historical event (some prompts below):

  • How has this impacted your daily life?
  • How has it affected your view of the important work you do?
  • How has spending time at home with family influenced your interactions and feelings toward your family? OR How has spending time home alone influenced your interactions and feelings toward your family?
  • What has happened during this crisis that has surprised you in a positive way? What has happened during this crisis that has surprised you in a negative way?
  • What can you be grateful for in this moment?
  • How might this experience impact your life long-term?
  • Printable COVID-19 Time Capsule Journal for Kids

Free Online Cultural Experiences

Free Online Classes

Occupational Well-Being

Resources/Tips for Working at Home

Resources for Those Who Can’t Do Their Job During COVID-19:

Virtual Support Groups for UFCOM Healthcare Professionals & Researchers:

COVID-19 Training Resources for Clinicians COVID-19:

Resource for Parents

Helping Kids Cope During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Childcare Services

  • Nanny Poppinz Nanny Agency requires no upfront fees or application.
  • Sitter City offers baby-sitting services.
  • La Petite Academy is waiving their registration fee and offering a 10% tuition discount to essential employees that are in need of childcare during this time. Contact Nissa Pfeffer, Director, at 352-371-0720 or npfeffer@lapetite.com.
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal School: Open 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and accepting children from the ages 6 weeks to 5 years old for temporary enrollment. To learn more about the preschool, visit http://www.htesgnv.org. Contact Jason Hill, Head of School, at 352-377-2290.
  • A Hidden Child’s World:  Accepting children 2 years old and above. They are open from 6:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please call 352.378.6343.
  • Open Childcare Facilities in Alachua County

Distance-Learning/Virtual School Resources

Online lessons/activities for Kids

Online Storytime