Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide
ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Everyone feels sad or down from time to time, especially when something bad or unexpected happens. However, depression is a condition where people experience a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in daily activities.
Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic like swimming, walking or dancing
Listen to music, watch TV, read, draw or play games.
Try to keep doing your regular daily activities like going to school/work, doing chores and maintaining your hygiene.
Talking to a therapist, physician or other mental health professional can help.
Try to find other ways of looking at a situation. It may not be as bad as you initially think.
Get outside or increase sunlight in your home.
Surround yourself with friends and family to support you. Keep up with social activities, even if you don’t want to.
Sleeping too little or too much can make depression worse, so aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night.
Help the person to make an appointment with their doctor or therapist. Let the doctor or therapist know there are signs of depression.
|Managing Depression||Tips and suggestions for helping individuals manage depression.||Download file: Managing Depression|
|Working with Individuals who have Depression and Autism||Tips for supporting individuals who have autism and depression.||Download file: Working with Individuals who have Depression and Autism|
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.