Whether you're looking for community support to help get you and your loved ones through this challenging time, or just looking for ways to spend your time inside, we're here to help!
We've collected a broad variety of resources below, including local support in the communities served by each of our centers as well as digital activities anyone can use.
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- The Trevor Hotline (The Trevor Project)
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline (you don't have to be suicidal to call - they're there for you): 1-800-273-8255.
- If you are in an abusive relationship, do not stay because you are in a stay-at-home situation. Reach out and get help: House Of Ruth Maryland, Inc. or National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.
- The Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741, or message the Crisis Text Line on Facebook.
Online Recovery Groups
(Note: The free courses and clubs listed below are personal suggestions from Chase Brexton staff; Chase Brexton Health Care is not involved in any way with any of the organizations presented below.)
- Enoch Pratt Free (Baltimore) Library - offers eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, movies, via registration of a virtual library card.
- Howard County Public Library - offers free access to thousands of audio and ebooks online via online registration.
- Baltimore County Public Library - offers eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, movies, via online registration.
- Anne Arundel County Public Library - offers eBooks, eMagainzes, audiobooks and more, via online registration.
Free Online Classes
- At Harvard
- At UC Berkeley
- At University of Maryland
- Through Coursera
- Or Try Out Some Arts & Writing Courses
- Core Power Yoga - Sixteen hour-long yoga classes, plus four meditations.
- YogaDownload YouTube Channel - 30-minute or less classes with styles for everyone.
- PopSugar’s YouTube Channel - Workout videos that can be filtered by type, time, and fitness level.
- The FitnessMarshall Youtube Channel - Dance cardio workouts.
- MommaStrong - For $5 a month, you get a new 15-minute workout every day. There are different ones for pregnant people, people who just gave birth, and everyone else.
- Dance Tutorials - Simple hip hop dance tutorials for beginners
Virtual Museum Tours
- National Aquarium Virtual Tour
- Museum of Industry Virtual Tour
- Historic Ships in Baltimore Virtual Tour
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (DC)
Virtual Book Club
Tips for Parenting
- COVID-19 Parenting - includes graphics and advice on managing stress, talking about COVID-19, etc.
Social and Peer Support Groups
Locally, many LGBTQ-serving organizations are continuing their existing support groups and starting new social opportunities via Facebook Live and video or telephone conference lines. For the most current listings of community groups and events, keep an eye on Facebook—most organizations are updating there before their websites.
- Chase Brexton, The PRIDE Center of Maryland, STAR TRACK, Hearts and Ears, Baltimore Safe Haven, Trans Healthcare MD, and CLEAR Baltimore are all hosting groups, classes, events, and other community connection opportunities.
- SAGEConnect is a new national program matching LGBT Elders with volunteers for a weekly check in via phone. Check https://www.sageusa.org/sageconnect/ to sign up to get or give calls.
- Recovery groups like AA and NA have moved online as well, and LGBTQ-focused meetings are still going strong. Call the 24-hour hotlines -- AA: 410-663-1922, NA: 1-800-317-3222, or find listings online; AA: https://baltimoreaa.org/, NA: https://www.baltoareana.org/.
Many faith communities are adapting services to online venues; check the LGBTQ-affirming congregations listed in this paper. For those who are more spiritual than religious, Facebook again is a good source for new community-driven online gatherings. This is the perfect time to find your people and connect.
- Locally, Baltimore’s Rooted Collective is building healing spaces for Black LGBTQ/SGL liberation with online meetups and guided meditation.
- Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl is continuing to hold services, online study groups, and build LGBTQ-affirming Jewish community.
- LGBTQ-focused Christian community Dreams and Visions held “Holy Week at Home” and will host services in the future.
Workbooks and Guides
- Chase Brexton produced a series of brief videos on emotional wellness during the pandemic, including LGBTQ topics, at https://www.chasebrexton.org/StayHealthyVideos.
- For those with mood disorders, great advice is available at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (https://adaa.org) as well as an online peer support group at https://adaa.org/adaa-online-support-group.
- We highly recommend the excellent Corona Virus Anxiety Workbook, whether you deal with chronic anxiety or not: https://thewellnesssociety.org/free-coronavirus-anxiety-workbook.
- The Trevor Project offers support and suicide prevention for queer and trans youth via phone, text, or chat (https://www.thetrevorproject.org, 1-866-488-7386).
- The Trans Lifeline (1-877-565-8860) offers peer support for transgender, gender expansive and questioning folks.
- SAGE’s LGBT Elder Support Hotline at 877-360-LGBT.
- Baltimore Crisis Response has a mental health support and mobile assessment team (410-433-5175).
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat at www.thehotline.org
Howard County Public Schools - Howard County Public Schools are providing free “GrabN-Go” meals to anyone age 18 and under during the March school closures. Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., weekdays, through April 24. There is no application, enrollment, or fee for this program.
Howard County Food Resources - A map of food support and resources across Howard County.