Additional Resources During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many parts of our lives, including how we stay healthy. For some, the normal outlets usually used for mental and physical health, can't be used right now because of social distancing and other public health regulations. While the regulations are making our world safer from the deadly effects of COVID-19, it's important to ensure you're still taking care of yourself.

To help, we've compiled a list of resources you can use to stay home, stay healthy and stay hopeful.

Our very own Dr. Lisa Jane Jacobsen of UBMD Obstetrics & Gynecology has created helpful at-home workouts and meditation guides. Her videos range from workouts you can do at your desk to cardio-dance to muscle conditioning and more!

In addition to being an OBGYN, Dr. Jacobsen has been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor for over 18 years and in 2012 earned the Athletics and Fitness Association of America’s highest level of training as a Certified Fitness Practitioner.

You should consult your physician or other health care professional before preforming any new workout to determine if it is right for your needs. 

Social distancing, or physicial distancing, has been extremely difficult for many in our community.

For individuals that struggle with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and addiction, this can be extremely difficult. Even those not previously experiencing depression or anxiety can begin to during this time. Dr. Annemarie Mikowski provides insight on how to work through these feelings in impactful ways.

In Western New York, we’re used to experiencing all four seasons (sometimes in one day), but extremely high heat can be difficult to manage even for those who love the warm weather.

To stay safe in this type of extreme weather, follow the tips in our Summer Safety blog.

Headspace is science-backed meditation and mindfulness app and website. For free, Headspace is offering a special NY collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises are here to support you through stressful and challenging times. Helping you — and your fellow New Yorkers — stay strong and be kind to yourselves, with a New York state of mind. Visit the site for more information.

If you are overwhelmed right now, the support line is staffed by specially trained volunteers who can help. The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. 

We all need support and it’s OK to admit things feel hard right now. They’re there to listen, validate, encourage and help link you to further services if needed.

Call the support line at 1.844.863.9314.

This is a difficult time for everyone in our community, across the nation and around the world. As WNY’s only 24-hour Crisis Center, its team is prepared to answer the call in your moment of crisis. Please, don’t go through this alone. Don’t hesitate to call: 716.834.3131

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotlines

If you are unsafe at home, please call either of the following two hotlines:

Domestic Violence Hotline
716.862.HELP
For Shelter: 716.884.6000

24 Hour NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline
1.800.942.6906

If you are in immediate danger, please call or text 911

2-1-1 is a local organization that is open all day, every day to provide information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations, including food, support groups and legal services. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211wny.org for more information. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you or your family can still receive the vital care you need with video visits through UBMD CareConnect – UBMD’s new telemedicine service. 

The service is available for both new and exisiting patients.

For the convenience of our patients, UBMD CareConnect visits can be accessed from smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. 

For urgent orthopaedic concerns, you can avoid the ER and by visiting UB OrthoCare.

Our providers diagnose and treat:

  • BROKEN BONES
  • HAND INJURIES
  • SPRAINS
  • BACK PAIN
  • CONCUSSIONS
  • SHOULDER PAIN
  • FOOT AND ANKLE INJURIES
  • TENDON INJURIES
  • ARTHRITIS
  • KNEE INJURIES (ACL & MENISCUS)
  • HIP PAIN
  • ALSO AVAILABLE: X-RAY, MRI, BRACING & CASTING

Find out more about its services here.

Use these resources as needed to keep you and your family healthy. And remember, if you need us, we're with you. 

Stay home. Stay healthy. Stay hopeful.