May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. How is COVID-19 affecting you?


Friday, May 15, 2020. New York City – How do you feel? How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting you? What can you do?

You are not alone. You are never alone.

Millions of people in the United States of America live with a mental illness. Now more than ever before, it is important for you to know that you are not alone. Nobody in the world should ever feel alone. There are free services in the country for everyone.

March 28, 2020. New York City - Cherry blossoms. Spring during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. Photo by Javier Soriano/
28 de marzo de 2020. Ciudad de Nueva York – Flores de cerezo. Primavera durante la pandemia de coronavirus en la ciudad de Nueva York.
March 28, 2020. New York City – Cherry blossoms. Spring during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.
Photo by Javier Soriano/

Some things you can do during the coronavirus pandemic.

1 – Learn something using YouTube. 
2 – Text your love ones. Stay in contact.
3 – Call your love ones. Stay in contact.
4 – Take a warm bath.
5 – Write a list of things you love about yourself.
6 – Write a list of things you love about life.
7 – Take a walk around the block.
8 – Take a walk to a nearby park.
9 – May is National Photography Month. Take pictures.
10 -Reorganize or redecorate a room in your house.
11 – Meditate.
12 – Start a journal or blog.
13 – Bake something special.
14 – Watch great documentaries.
15 – Take naps. 
16 – Make a list of things for which you are grateful (even in these moments we can be grateful).
17 – Make lists of all the museums, botanic gardens, and other places you want to visit when they reopen after COVID-19.
18 – Do exercise at home or in a nearby park.
19 – Write actual letters to family and friends. 
20 – Look at yourself in the mirror. Tell your inner child that you love her/him and she/he is safe.

9/16/2017. Melia Coco Beach Resort. Rio Grande. Puerto Rico. Finally. I colorful sunrise. Thanks universe! Happy Mexican Independence Day! ¡Viva México! Photo by Javier Soriano/
9/16/2017. Melia Coco Beach Resort. Rio Grande. Puerto Rico. A colorful sunrise. Thanks universe!
Photo by Javier Soriano/

Free resources

APA: Finding local mental health resources during the COVID-19 crisis

“The novel coronavirus is causing major interruptions to our lives. This disruption, coupled with the threat of contracting this potentially deadly virus, is leading many people to experience anxiety, stress and depression. It’s important to know that help is available”
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NAMI: LGBTQ community

“If you live with a mental health condition and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ), it’s important to prioritize your mental health. Not all members of the LGBTQ community will have the same experiences. However, discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection are still tragically common for people with these identities.”
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New York City government: FREE digital mental health resources* for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Visit NYC Well’s website, which offers a number of well-being and emotional support applications that can help you cope. If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, contact NYC Well to speak with a trained counselor 24/7 in over 200 languages.”
Click the link for information:

GMHC in New York City

“As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, we at GMHC are actively working to support our clients. While our building may be closed, many of GMHC’s core programs and services remain active. We are continuously working to enhance and expand our services to make sure that our community members are well cared for, stable and staying safe. We know that our meals and pantry program is often a life-saving service, which is why we are excited to announce “GMHC on The Go” to make sure that our clients don’t have to choose between having a meal and risking their health. If you are a current GMHC client in need of food, please email, so we can assess the best way we can help you.”
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The Trevor Project: Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ youth mental health and suicide prevention

COVID-19 has serious implications for the mental health of LGBTQ youth. Although youth and young adults are estimated to have the lowest mortality rates from COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020), they are not immune to its consequences, including as it relates to mental health and well-being. Even prior to the pandemic, LGBTQ youth have been found to be at significant increased risk for depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicidality (Russell & Fish, 2016). These risks are even more pronounced among youth who are transgender and/or nonbinary (Price-Feeney, Green, Dorison, 2020). Thus, LGBTQ youth may be particularly vulnerable to negative mental health impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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NOTE: I am just sharing the information. I am not responsible for the services of these organizations.

25/7/2017 Nueva York – Lirio de agua en la "Terraza de la Piscina del Lirio" en el Jardín Botánico de Brooklyn. Foto por Javier Soriano/
Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Brooklyn, New York City – Water lily. Lily Pool Terrace. Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Martes 25 de julio de 2017. Brooklyn, ciudad de Nueva York – Lirio de agua en la “Terraza de la Piscina del Lirio” en el Jardín Botánico de Brooklyn.
Photo by Javier Soriano/

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