Manage Stress: COVID-19

June 2020

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Downtime Dialogue: Coping with Grief and Ambiguous Loss During this Exceptional Time

This 20-minute video features Linda Reddish, Extension Educator discussing the concept of ambiguous loss. During the video, she will provide a broad overview of grief, and define mourning and bereavement. Then, mid-way through the video, she discusses Dr. Pauline Boss's theory of ambiguous loss and there is a short conversation between her and her son discussing their individual and collective experience of this loss as a family in response to the pandemic. The video closes with some suggested coping strategies and resource to support young children bounce back after experiencing a difficult event.

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To find help, understanding, comfort and hope after suffering a loss please visit

To download free storybook guides and a list of suggested books to support children’s coping visit

Pandemic Related Stress in Rural Nebraska

This Facebook Live event for ag producers, farmers, and ranchers provided an opportunity to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the agricultural industry. Held on May 26, 2020, information and resources were shared by Dr. Cate Jones-Hazeldine, Western Nebraska Behavioral Health; Dr. Tara Wilson, Chadron State College, and Glennis McClure, Nebraska Extension. The event was hosted by Nikki Carritt, MPH, Director of Rural Health Initiatives, at UNMC.

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COVID Coach is a free mobile app, designed to provide resources and enhance emotional support during this pandemic. The app is private and secure, no email account or password is required, and user data is not collected. COVID Coach offers access to anxiety management tools such as audio-guided mindfulness and deep breathing, as well as exercises designed to address anxiety, trauma reactions, and relationship conflict. It also has quick links to resources for finding crisis care and mental health support, and service agencies for families and those seeking basic fundamentals. Developed by the National Center for PTSD at the VA.

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Nebraska Extension Comprehensive List of COVID-19 Resources

Find information for you, your family, your business and community. Categories: Children & Families | Food Access & Food Safety | Mental Wellness | Agricultural Producers | Businesses | Human Health.

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More Resources: Rural Family Stress and Wellness

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Bryan Health Online Mental Health Screening

Take a few minutes to take a free mental health screening to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a behavioral health professional. This screening is completely anonymous and confidential.

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For immediate help:

Call 1-800-273-TALK or text HOME to 741741.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 to connect with someone now.

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to text with a crisis counselor about any type of crisis.