Emotional Health & Wellbeing

California Volunteers Resources https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:19

Help us obtain PPE and supplies for our healthcare workers

The American Medical Association is already working with manufacturers to increase the production and distribution of PPE to healthcare workers across the country. Therefore, we’re not asking residents to try and purchase new PPE for donation purposes.  However, if you have excess inventory of PPE to you wish to donate to support our health care and first responder workers, please fill out our online donation form.  Alternatively, donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at The Salvation Army (351 Mission Avenue, San Rafael).

We are accepting the following items in new, unopened boxes only: 
•    N95 masks 
•    Surgical masks
•    Isolation masks 
•    Disposable gowns 
•    Latex gloves 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept homemade masks.  Please keep those for yourself, your family or a neighbor! 

Donate to help with COVID-19 relief efforts in Marin County

If you do not have PPE to donate but still wish to help, consider donating to Marin Community Foundation's COVID-19 Relief Fund. 

The fund will be allocated over the next two months to soften the social and economic impacts of the pandemic with five main efforts:
•    Emergency rental assistance for low-income residents
•    Expanded food for economically disadvantaged families
•    Expanded meals for seniors
•    Wi-Fi mobile access for economically disadvantaged students
•    Emergency childcare for health care workers and emergency responders

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:23

it is by phone, email, text, or if you go to their home, please knock and back up 6 feet before they answer. Follow the safety guidelines above to keep vulnerable people safe. Try to connect people with official resources as much as possible.

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Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:16

If you are a licensed healthcare professional, you may become part of the Marin Medical Reserve Corps or the Marin County “Surge” Unit.  Both of these opportunities are outlined in detail here: https://www.marinhhs.org/marin-county-medical-reserve-corps

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:14

All volunteer needs will be posted to the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) website and updated as needs arise. We strongly encourage you to volunteer with existing organizations and activities and follow their guidelines as well as those from the County Health Department.

Visit www.cvnl.org/covid19help  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:13

Yes, blood banks, blood donation centers, and blood drives are exempt healthcare operations. If you are healthy and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you are encouraged to donate. The need for adequate blood donations from healthy people is critical. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:40

Check in with your loved ones often. Virtual communication can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated. Consider connecting with loved ones by:

  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Mailing letters or cards
  • Text messages
  • Video chat
  • Social media

Source: CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:11

People can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop stigma.


Source:  CDC.gov

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:09

When people become worried or anxious, they sometimes look for reasons they believe cause their worries. For COVID-19, some people in the U.S. may be concerned about people who are living in or visiting areas where outbreaks occurred.  This fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma.  For example, there have been reports of stigma towards Chinese or other Asian Americans or people who were in quarantine. Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths.

Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem.  In order to combat stigma, learn the facts about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.


Source:  adapted from CDC.gov

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:08

Both the CDC and California State COVID Response Website have comprehensive resources to help you:

California COVID-19 Resources: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/#top

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:06

Both the CDC and California State COVID Response Website have comprehensive resources to help you:

California COVID-19 Resources: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/#top

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:05
  • Costco (Novato): Tuesday’s and Thursday’s - 8am to 9am
  • Nugget Markets (Novato, Corte Madera and Tiburon): 7am daily
  • Safeway: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s - 7am to 9am
  • Target: Wednesday’s - 8am
  • Whole Foods: 8am - 9am daily


This is not meant to be a complete list of stores and this information is subject to change.  Please contact your local Marin retailer to verify if special shopping hours are available.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:23

Visit the CDC  for tips on managing stress and coping.  Additional resources include: 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:32

Yes. Be extremely cautious when providing care to vulnerable people and ensure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue, wearing a face covering, as recommended in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 guidance, except if a face covering is not recommended (e.g., for children 12 and younger, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance); and stay home if you are sick.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:29

The following resources are available to help people who may be experiencing distress or heightened anxiety right now:   

  • 24/7 Behavioral Health Services Mental Health and Substance Use Access and Assessment: (888) 818-1115 

  • 24/7 Crisis Stabilization Unit: (415) 473-6666  

  • 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Line: (800) 273-8255 

  • If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911 immediately. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:34

All participants in group counseling services must attend meetings remotely if they are equipped to do so. Groups should make accommodations for remote support to the maximum extent feasible. If remote participation is not feasible or advisable under the circumstances, participation may occur in person provided that there is compliance with the social distancing requirements set forth in the Order, including maintaining at least 6 foot distance between individuals and capping group size to reduce in-person interactions.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:18

Yes, mental health appointments can continue. Patients should consult with their practitioners to determine whether it is appropriate and feasible to conduct individual mental health appointments remotely.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:18

You may continue to use these services if your healthcare provider has determined that they are medically necessary for you. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:14

Yes. Spending time outside improves mood and wellbeing, and is particularly beneficial to children. You can go for walks, go to the park, and engage in other similar activities, but should maintain social distance (i.e. be more than 6 feet away from persons who are not part of your household) when on walks and in parks to avoid spread of the virus.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:29

Marin County COVID-19 Guidance for  isolation and quarantine:

Isolation is when a person with COVID-19 stays away from everyone, including the people he/she lives with, in order to avoid getting others sick. A person must isolate for at least 7 days after the first symptoms AND at least 3 days fever free (without fever-reducing medicine), and other symptoms improve.


Quarantine is when people who have come in contact with someone sick COVID-19, stay at home until they know if they are sick. A person must quarantine 14 days after the last contact with an infected person. If you are not able to avoid contact with a person with COVID-19, you must stay in quarantine until 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 completes their isolation period. Your isolation period is likely to be at least 21 days total.


Please read Marin County’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety guidance document for important information and practical tips.



Source:  CDC, Marin HHS

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:44