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Staying Calm in Turbulent Times

COVID-19 has changed our normal routines. You may be feeling lonely, anxious, and exhausted. Here are some resources to help manage stress and uncertainty.

Crisis Resources

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there is help:

General Crisis Help

Cumberland County Crisis: 207-774-4357 | chat
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Maine Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 1-888-568-1112

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Through These Doors Hotline: 1-800-537-6066
Maine Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-800-871-7741 | chat
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 | text 233733 | chat
RAINN: 800-656-4673 | chat


Trans Lifeline | 1-877-565-8860
The Trevor Project | 1-866-488-7386 | text START to 678678 | chat

Mental Health and COVID-19

Anxiety and Depression Association of America lists tips and resources for managing anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak.

NAMI has put together resources and answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and mental health.

CDC – Mental Health and Coronavirus: Includes resources and tips for supporting ourselves and our loved ones.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Positively Present combines positive messages with whimsical drawings.

Some staff favorites for guided meditation, positive affirmations, and more:

Positive Affirmations

Guided Meditation

Sleep Aids

For Kids and Teens

Casco Bay CAN: Resources for kids, teens, and families to help manage stress and have fun at home.

PBS: How to talk to your kids about coronavirus

PPL Children’s Resources: Provides helpful kid-friendly resources for having tough discussions about mental health, illness, and grief.

Finding Comfort At Home

There is no shame in distraction. Use library staff resource lists to: