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Online Wellness Resources

The following websites, apps, and podcasts support self-help for a variety of wellness topics and communities.  Please note that none are a substitute for a relationship with a professional counselor, and that none are associated with Cal State East Bay Counseling Services.  Descriptions are taken from the resources themselves.

Covid-19 Resources

The following online wellness resources may be particularly helpful during the current shelter-in-place order.

 

Resources to address violence and hate toward Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the wake of Covid-19.

Community Care During Covid-19: a Message to and from AAPI's

An open letter calling for community support, as well as resources and information about Covid-19 in a variety of Asian languages.

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Resources to Stand Against Racism

Resource kit from Asian Americans Advancing Justice Coalition (AAJC), including multilingual resources about the coronavirus, resources to address and stand against hatred, bystander intervention guide, media guides, and political action steps.

Hate Crime Resources

Information and resources on hate crimes in the wake of Covid-19 from the National Asian Pacific Bar Association.

Social Media Toolkit

Social media resources to combat stigma and discrimination, from National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

Tips for bystander intervention from Teaching Tolerance

Protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander Working People

Over 2 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders work in healthcare, transportation and service industries--these workers are facing xenophobic and racial discrimination in the workplace in addition to increased exposure to communicable diseases.

Pioneers for HOPE

List of resources for food, housing, technology, transportation, and other key needs during shelter in place

Onward CA

Resources for basic needs, job retraining, and new job opportunities for those in California who have lost their jobs.

Hayward Area Resources

List of community resources in the Hayward area from CSUEB Poli Sci 333 class

Self-Help Wellness Videos

Cal State East Bay counselors walk through specific techniques for managing anxiety, reducing stress, and developing healthy coping strategies while sheltering in place.

Do Well-Being You

Cal State East Bay Recreation and Wellness (RAW) has compiled a list of wellness resources on campus, and wellness tips for sheltering in place.

Love is Louder

Tips from the JED Foundation for college students on staying in, safe, calm, kind, active and connected while practicing social distancing.

Public Support Group to Manage Covid Anxiety - Free group therapy led by a Talkspace therapist volunteering their services. Website also includes videos and resources about Covid related topics.

Staying in Podcast with Emily and Kumail (Stitcher, Apple Podcasts)

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani support listeners through sheltering in place. Emily was a therapist and currently is a chronically sick person (see: The Big Sick) who often has to quarantine herself, and Kumail is her main caretaker.

For Trauma Survivors

Infographics in a variety of languages with coping tips, self-care strategies, and grounding techniques for trauma survivors to use during this time.  All resources are from the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims.

Thinkladder

App to help you rewrite the script in your subconscious mind. When we replace our limiting beliefs it changes our old thought patterns which helps us feel better and do better. As we practice these new beliefs and actions with focused concentration and perseverance, they become our new normal.  Right now we have turned our attention to working on specific insights and practices for those suffering due to Covid19.

Pleasant Activities

A list of self-care ideas specific to sheltering in place. Check here for ideas and inspiration.

Resilience Summit

Series of free webinars by mental health leaders about strengthening your body, mindfulness and self-compassion, addressing childhood adversity, recovering from loss and trauma, and finding strength in relationships.

Simple Habit

Series of audio reflections around coping with anxiety about Covid-19.

Growth Mindset and Mental Health for Coping with Covid-19

Free course series to help maintain mental health and psychological wellbeing during isolation, quarantine, stress and anxiety due to Covid-19, as well as make good use of your time at home, including doing things that help you learn, grow, and thrive.

Hayward Mutual Aid Network

Opportunities to offer or receive aid, organized by CSUEB Poli Sci 333 class.

Disability Justice Culture Club Mutual Aid Network

Form for disabled or elderly individuals in the East Bay to request assistance.  Group will prioritize assistance for black, indiginous, and people of color (BIPOC).  Form for allies to offer assistance is here.

C-19 Helpsquad

Opportunities to offer or receive aid, nationally.

List of national mutual aid societies

RAW Fitness Videos

CSUEB Recreation and Wellness staff share tips and short videos about exercising during shelter in place.

Planet Fitness Online Workouts

Online workouts, no membership required

Workout Temps

Free fitness classes every Wednesday over Zoom

Covid-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities

Spreadsheet of general resources for undocumented communities, including medical and mental health supports. Includes resources by state as well.

Resources for Bay Area's Undocumented Community During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Article from Oakland Reporter detailing Bay Area resources for undocumented community.

General Resources

The following are general wellness resources that may be useful for specific issues or communities.

Start Your Recovery 
Substance abuse information and support.

Self-Help Anxiety Management (Android / iPhone app)
Offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. Developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and students, users are encouraged to build their own Anxiety Toolkit that they find helpful and to draw on this for regular practice.

Stop Panic & Anxiety Self Help (Android app)
Use Panic Assistance audio to coach you when you experience a panic attack and to help you learn to tolerate and control the anxiety symptoms.

Mindshift (Android / iPhone app)
There are things you can do to stop anxiety and fear from controlling your life.  MindShift can help you change how you think about anxiety.  Learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety.

Hardcore Self Help Podcase with Duff the Psych (iTunes/Stitcher)

A weekly podcast that answers questions about mental health withou the psychobabble.  Information about everything from how to deal with anxiety and depression, to relationships, addiction, and life in general. Hosted by psychologist Dr. Robert Duff.

General 
Information about anxiety disorders and treatments.

Anxiety, Sleep

Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep (Android app)
Made to help lull your into a calm, soothed state.  The different options include waterfall, night in the jungle, bird sounds, and thunder.

Asian Mental Health Collective

Collectively building a community for Asian mental health support.  Includes Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) therapist directory and Mental Health Mukbang podcast.

Stories of Stigma: South Asian Mental Health (Podcast)
A one-stop resource for South Asians to learn about and address mental health concerns with each other. Our mission is to encourage healthy, open dialogue of mental health issues in an effort to remove stigma, improve awareness and promote self-care.

Asian Mental Health Project

Providing educational resources that push for more accessible mental health care.

Liberate (App)

Liberate is the #1 meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community.

Between Sessions Podcast 

Melanin and Mental Health offers a free podcast about mental health and communities of color.  They also have a list of therapists specializing in work with minoritized communities.

Ethel’s Club

“Digital Membership club” for and by people of color allows access to cultural and wellness events online.

Inclusive Therapists 

List of therapists who celebrate minoritized identities.  Includes options for free or reduced cost services.

Voices for API Mental Health

  • @asianmentalhealthproject
  • @asianmentalhealthcollective
  • @southasianmentalhealth

Liberate (App)

Liberate is the #1 meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community.

 A Different Perspective (Podcast)
Dr. Amber Thornton discusses wellness and mental health topics relating specifically to people of color.

Therapy for Black Girls (Podcast)
The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

AFFIRM (Podcast)
Licensed therapist Davia Roberts interviews guests who share their journeys of mental health as it relates to self-care, anxiety, depression, religion, and suicide.

The Yellow Couch Collective (Website)

A space for Black women to gather to support, encourage, and learn from one another.  Offers low cost therapy plans.

Conversations on Black Healing

The Black Emotional and Mental Health collective (BEAM) offers a video series on Black healing. They also list a network of Black therapists offering services remotely.

Between Sessions Podcast 

Melanin and Mental Health offers a free podcast about mental health and communities of color.  They also have a list of therapists specializing in work with minoritized communities.

Sista Afya 

Community Mental Wellness organization focusing on sustaining Black women.  Includes extensive section on Mental Wellness Information and Resources, including ways to start a healing journey, build social support, find services and ways to pay for them, and apps and hotlines that could be helpful.

Ethel’s Club

“Digital Membership club” for and by people of color allows access to cultural and wellness events online.

Inclusive Therapists 

List of therapists who celebrate minoritized identities.  Includes options for free or reduced cost services.

Voices to follow on Black mental health:

  • @melaninandmentalhealth
  • @_beamorg
  • @therapyforblackgirls
  • @blackmentalwellness
  • @browngirlselfcare
  • @blackfemaletherapists

Breathe2Relax (Android / iPhone app)
A portable stress management tool which provides details information on the effects of stress on the body, and instruction to help users learn diaphragmatic breathing.

Breathing, Veterans

Tactial Breather (Android / iPhone app)
Using techniques developed by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, learn to gain control of your heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and psychological responses to your body during stressful situations.

Healthy Mind Platter 
Seven daily essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being.

Emotional Wellness, Veterans

LifeArmor (iPhone app)
A comprehensive tool to assist members of the military community with common mental health concerns.  Browse information on 17 topics, including sleep, depression, relationship issues, and post-traumatic stress.  Brief self-assessment help the user measure and track their symptoms, and tools are available to assist with managing specific problems.  Videos relevant to each topic provide personal stories from other service members, veterans, and military family members.


Youper

Your own personal assistant for taking control of your emotional and behavior health.

Psych Drugs and Medications (Android / iPhone app)
Learn important and useful information about various psychotropic medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety medications.

Latinx Therapy

Therapist directory, Podcast, and resource list on Latinx mental health.

Therapy for Latinx

Online therapist directory and resources.

Between Sessions Podcast 

Melanin and Mental Health offers a free podcast about mental health and communities of color.  They also have a list of therapists specializing in work with minoritized communities.

 Ethel’s Club

“Digital Membership club” for and by people of color allows access to cultural and wellness events online.

Inclusive Therapists 

List of therapists who celebrate minoritized identities.  Includes options for free or reduced cost services.

Voices to follow on Latinx Mental Health:

  • @latinxtherapy
  • @therapyforlatinx
  • @mujeresxpsych

The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386 

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people.  Includes call, chat, and text crisis lines, as well as networks for LGBTQ youth community and advocacy.

LGBTQ National Help Center 

Includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: (888) 843-4564, and GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25): (800) 246-7743.  Both provide a safe, anonymous, and confidential space where callers can speak on many different issues including, but limited to, coming out, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more

Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860

A trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

Pacific Center for Human Growth

Offers counseling, support groups, and safe space for LGBTQ+ people of all ages. 

Asian and Pacific Islander Family Pride

Ending the isolation of Asian and Pacific Islander families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members though support, education, and dialog.

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center

The East Bay’s most prevalent LGBTQ community center and service provider, this location has plenty of options for support, socializing, and more.

Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County

Serving the LGBTQ community; provides counseling in Concord and Pittsburg.

San Francisco LGBT Community Center

Connects community members to opportunities, resources, and to each other. 

Billy DeFrank Center

South Bay.  Provides community, leadership, advocacy, services and support to the Silicon Valley’s LGBTQ People and their Allies.  Includes a resource hub, community building events, and advocacy.

Empty Closets
Coming out resources and safe place to chat.

It Gets Better
To uplift, empower, and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the globe.

Insight Timer (Android / iPhone app)
Insight Timer is the largest community or regular mediators on the planet.  Every day more than 1,200 of the world's best meditation teachers upload new content including free guided meditations, beautiful meditation music, talks and podcast.

Calm (Android / iPhone app)
The perfect meditation app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced mediators and gurus.  Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 minutes so your choose the perfect length to fit with your schedule.

Headspace (Android / iPhone app)
Get the most of your day with the Headspace app.  We'll help you perform at your best through the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness.

Meditation Oasis (Podcast)
Features guided meditations, instructions for meditation, and music.

General 
The place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully.

Mindfulness, Relaxation

Free Guided Meditation (Audio)
Downloadable guided meditation ranging from 3-15 minutes long, in English and Spanish.  From UCLA.

Take a Break! (iPhone app)
Featuring two popular meditations from the Meditation Oasis podcast, the app gives you the option to listen with or without music or nature sounds.  You can also listen to the relaxing music and nature sounds alone.

Attitudes of Gratitude Journal (Android app)
This simple app will help you to develop and maintain a daily attitude of gratitude.  At the end of each day you can list the things you are grateful for.  You will soon see that your list is much longer than you expected.  By focusing on gratitude, we shift the focus away from the things we may feel are missing in our lives.

T2 Moodtracker (Android / iPhone app)
T2 Mood Tracker is designed to help you track your emotional experience over time and to provide you with a tool to share this information with your health care provider.  You can add customized scales on any topic.  You use simple sliders to rate yourself on these behavioral categories and the app automatically graphs your inputs.  you also make notes describing things tha happened during the day that may have affective your  moods.

ACT Coach (Android / iPhone app)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to help you live with unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and impulses without avoiding them or being controlled by them. In ACT, you are encouraged to commit to actions so that you can live your life by your values, even in the face of these unpleasant experiences.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 
DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Thought Diary (Android / iPhone app)
Do you feel like you're stressed, anxious, sad, frustrated, or unmotivated? Thought Diary will help you evaluate, understand, and change your thoughts and feelings.

The Hilarious World of Depression (Podcast)
Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease

Mood, Mindfulness

Stop, Breath, Think (Android / iPhone app)
Take a break from the stress and anxiety of daily life to relax with meditations for the body and mind. Tune in to how you are thinking and feeling, and select emotions that guide you to recommended meditations. Emotions like happiness, stress and anxiety can be tracked pre and post meditation, and you can even share your favorite calming exercises with friends!

Remember the Milk (Android / iPhone app)
The smart to-do app for busy people. You'll never forget the milk (or anything else) again.

My Life Organized (Android / iPhone app)
MyLifeOrganized (MLO) is the most flexible and powerful task management software for getting your to-dos finally done.

5 Love Languages (Android / iPhone app)
What if you could say or do just the right thing to make your special someone feel loved? The secret is learning the right love language! You and your loved one can take the profile within the app to find out what love language you speak, as well as the Love Language Challenge, which guides couples through a 5-week challenge.

Where Should We Begin (Podcast)
Live couples therapy sessions with Dr. Esther Perel, designed to learn, explore, and experience alongside the couples who have been gracious enough to let us in.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery (Audio)
Audio files to stream or download from Dartmouth University.

Sleep Pillow Sounds (Android / iPhone app)
Provides an advance set of high quality ambient sounds, mixed for perfect sleep enhancement. The sounds are recorded and enhanced to relax and make you sleep. They isolate, create a relaxed environment and put you into a cyclical sleep pattern.

Sleep Time (Android app)
Sleep Time uses the sensitive accelerometer in your Android to detect movements during the night. Our advanced algorithm determines your phase of sleep, and sets off the alarm at the perfect moment. You will never wake up from a deep sleep feeling groggy again.

My3 

Define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide. Remember: there is hope and a life to look forward to, even in your darkest moments.

Virtual Hope Box (iPhoneapp)

Simple tools to help students with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking

Study Tips (iPhone app)
Easy-to-use but powerful tips to complete assignments, perform well on tests, and submit papers or projects on time. "A Study Tip a Day Gets You an A” provides 365 tips and quotes based on decades of research in the fields of education and psychology.

Overcoming Test Anxiety (webpage)

Symptoms of test anxiety, and tips to overcoming it.

iProcrastinate Podcast (Podcast)
Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl, associate professor of psychology and director of the Procrastination Research Group, provides a series of short talks, interviews and question/answer podcasts that explain why we procrastinate and what we can do about it.

Rescue Time (Android app)
Wonder where your day went? RescueTime is an automatic time and attention tracker that helps individuals and teams propagate good processes and eliminate bad habits.

PTSD Coach (Android / iPhone app)
Designed by the US Department of Veteran's Affairs for those who have, or may have, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This app provides education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.

Make the Connection
Clearinghouse of support resources for veterans.

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