Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is OPEN—don’t worry, not physically open. We are absolutely following physical distancing to flatten the curve, to protect others, and to respect the great sacrifices that so many are making. We have been in touch with many groups on their thinking about Coronavirus and COVID-19 responses through a trauma-informed (TI) lens and how this is happening across sectors and regions in the state. Check out this video blog from TIO’s Director, Mandy Davis to see what we’re doing.
As the impact of COVID-19 unfolds, TIO will keep this page updated with ideas and resources to apply a trauma informed lens to response efforts. We are here to address your questions about trauma informed approaches and COVID-19 responses. Seriously, ask us any questions by emailing email@example.com. How do I talk to my kids about this? How do I connect with my 80-year-old aunt in a different state? How do I monitor my staff’s coping remotely? How do I communicate to staff in a way that doesn’t overwhelm them? Send any resources or creative ideas you are using to promote resilience and mitigate toxic stress in these times.
Virtual Office Hours
Starting Monday, March 23, we will be offering Virtual Office Hours* through Zoom on Mondays 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Thursdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. TIO staff will be here to field questions, think through situations, and promote connection and support. Jump in anytime for as long as needed
- Monday Office Hours – link will be posted on Monday, April 6th.
- Thursday Office Hours – link will be posted on Thursday, April 9th.
*This is not for clinical or telehealth/therapy services but instead for organizations and systems to think though response efforts. For immediate support see our list of Crisis and Support Lines just above the section for General COVID-19 Resources.
There are great resources about responding to tragedies. (see below). Many of these strategies will also apply to helping children, families, and communities cope with what is happening because of COVID-19. However, coping with a pandemic is new for many of us and as this situation is evolving we have the added stressor of things changing rapidly.
It is important to recognize the multiple ways we are impacted including physical, economic, mental, spiritual, and social strains. It is the accumulation of these impacts that can challenge our best coping strategies and may require us to “double up” on caring for ourselves and others. Remember as you encounter others that regardless of a person’s daily disruptions everyone is feeling a sense of distress during this time.
We are using the values, principles, and practices of trauma informed care (TIC) to help us navigate this time. This includes offering grace, empathy, support, kindness, and connection. This also means advocating for a lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to be applied to delivering needed services now and throughout the restore, repair, and recovery phase of this event.
Learn ways to implement responses to COVID-19 that are trauma informed with our latest resource, Considerations for a Trauma Informed Response for Work Settings.
Here are some thoughts and resources but please send us your ideas or questions and we will do our best to keep this updated (send to firstname.lastname@example.org). It is important to remember that not everyone has access to the same resources and multiple methods of communication will be needed.
- Leave flyers at neighbor’s houses about resources or contact information if you are willing.
- Support healthcare workers you know—deliver meals, offer to walk pets, watch children, etc.
- Offer to shop for people who need to stay home.
- Offer to call to check on someone who is home bound for emotional support.
- Start a text group for when someone is going to the store to see what is needed.
- Offer to teach remotely about how to use technology to stay connected.
- Search terms such as mutual aid and COVID-19 in your area. Groups are popping up to offer support such as this Facebook group pdxcovid19mutualaid; Instagram:@pdxcovid19mutualaid
- Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens podcasts and resources centering people with chronic illnesses and disability.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
- Supporting COVID-19 Work with Communities of Color fill out this survey to connect with staff who are doing culturally-specific work around COVID-19.
- Countywide: COVID-19 Workshop Material
- PDX: Community survey of ways to help.
- COVID-19 Emergency Relief Resources for PDX This list of resources was compiled by Congressman Earl Blumenauer and his team.
- Online Spiritual Connections is a pdf with links to Portland area spiritual commmunity connections.
- Coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America list of helpful resources.
- NAMI resource specific to dealing with COVID-19 anxiety.
- Online peer support during COVID-19
- Emotional regulation resources and handouts from Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINE
Call 1-800-273-8255 (24 hr)
Call 800-273-8255 (24 hr)
Text 273TALK to 839863 (8am-11pm PST daily)
Call 888-457-4838 (24 hr)
Text MIL1 to 839863 (8am-11pm PST daily)
Support for service members, veterans, and their families that is independent of any branch of the military or government.
SENIOR LONELINESS CRISIS LINE
Call 503-200-1633 (24 hr)
Supports seniors in our community who are feeling isolated
Call or text 1-800-698-2392 (24 hr)
peer to peer counseling hotline
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINE
Call 1-888-235-5333 (24 hr)
SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCE CENTER
crisis and support line
503-640-5311 (24 hr)
SPANISH SPEAKING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINE
Project UNICA Crisis line
503-232-4448 (24 hr)
Text teen2teen to 839863
Chat at www.oregonyouthline.org
A teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Teens available to help daily from 4-10pm Pacific Time (off-hour calls answered by Lines for Life).
TREVOR PROJECT LINE
Call or text 1-866-488-7386 (24 hr)
OREGON FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK
REACH OUT OREGON
Parent to Parent Peer support Warmline
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays from 12:00pm to 7:00pm https://www.ofsn.org/
Call 1-833-REACH OR (1-833-732-2467) provides support by phone, chat, email and Facebook messaging. REACH OUT OREGON staff and volunteers are well trained and are all parents. They are here to offer support and resources.
- Develop a routine with your students for what the day will look like. Incorporate online lessons or ask for worksheets from your school or community.
- Offer support through technology to other caregivers. This can be emotional support by sharing experiences or sharing updated information.
- Consider ways to pool resources and offer support via social media.
- Offer to send videos with lessons or activities, or offer to teach remotely about how to use technology.
- Acknowledge feelings of worry and disappointment in events missed.
- If you have a child with specific needs, ask what supports the school can offer during this time.
- Offer to pick up groceries for caregivers if you have the bandwidth.
- The CDC guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19.
- NPR has a comic that discusses the importance of learning safer hygiene practices, expressing anxiety to trusted adults, and understanding that the virus affects people no matter their race, ethnicity, or country of origin