Mental Health During COVID-19

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community, Maternal Mental Health

Help is Here

Almost two months into the COVID-19 precautions, and many of us are grappling with the changes, whether we are very young or not-so-young, sheltered in place or on the front lines as essential workers, like early childhood educators and health providers.

Bright Beginnings partners and allies are here to help, in Spanish and English! Here are a few ways how:

  • The California Surgeon General has posted this helpful Playbook for Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19.
  • First 5 Monterey County mental health consultants are providing reflective practice sessions for early childhood educators and home visitors who are currently serving essential workers. The sixth and final session for the current year of the Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health (IFECMH) Training series for diverse practitioners will take place in May. Here is more information on the program, and stay tuned for enrollment details for a new series in August.
  • Monterey County Behavioral Health Department has launched the Forward Together Initiative, providing opportunities for social connection designed to build strength and resilience during these stressful times. Offerings are for all kinds of needs, such as for moms or educators, and to promote self care and mindfulness for all. Click hereto learn more.
  • The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center offers individual and group therapy to survivors of sexual assault and significant others. Click here to learn more. Their 24-hour Crisis Line is (831) 375-4357 or (831) 424-4357.
  • The Monterey County Three-Year Plan for the Behavioral Health Services Act Plan is posted here for public comment through May 22. Read more about how County Behavioral Health will address childhood trauma prevention, integrating culturally responsive, trauma-informed approaches across its practices, outreach, and policies. This is also a priority in the Bright Beginnings Strategic Framework.