Safer at Home Resources

A collection of links and information useful for City of Los Angeles residents who are staying at home through Mayor Garcetti's 'Safer at Home' order


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Mental Health Resources

Staying at home can be an isolating and difficult time for many and being surrounded by COVID-19 news can especially increase fear and anxiety. Please consult these resources should you feel you need help.

LA County Department of Mental Health Hotlines
For help 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week, please call (800) 854-7771For everyone in the community, DMH is here for you as a resource and a partner. Services include mental health screenings, crisis counseling, and referrals to service providers. 

Resources for People Experiencing Domestic Violence
Social distancing may leave many more vulnerable to experiencing abuse in the home. Support is still available for you or anyone experiencing domestic violence. The hotlines and resources below are available to take your call or email.

LAUSD: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
Children and adults watching the news, reading content on-line and in newspapers, and overhearing others talk about the current coronavirus pandemic, may feel scared, confused, or anxious. Refer to these useful guides curated by the Los Angeles Unified School District for help in dealing with issues that may arise during this stressful time. Counselors and mental health professionals are available to LAUSD students and families. To connect with a counselor, please call (213) 241-3840. The hotline is open weekdays from 6 AM. to 6 PM.

CDC: Managing Anxiety & Stress During COVID-19
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

UCLA: Free Guided Mindful Meditations and Podcasts
UCLA 's Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free guided meditations through their website and podcasts. Research has shown that mediatation can address issues such as lower blood pressure and boost the immune system; increase attention and focus; help with difficult mental states such as anxiety and depression, and fostering general well-being. 

Headspace - A MIndfulness & Meditation App for FreeNEW
Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health have partnered to provide L.A. County residents a free subscription for the mindfulness and meditation app. Headspace provides meditations, as well as sleep and movement exercises, designed to help you care for your mind.

From YouTube: Get By #WithMeNEW
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and during these difficult times, we have one simple message for you—it’s OK to just get by. Check out these Get By #WithMe playlists, and see the creative ways people are using YouTube to adapt to the unique challenges of life right now.

LA This Week Interviews Directors of LA City's Medical Services DivisionNEW
In this LA Currents interview with LA This Week, Directors of LA City's Medical Services Division provide tips for maintaining mental and emotional well-being in an effort to cope with this new experience effectively.


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Resources for Families and Children

Online arts and educational resources for children and family members in your household

Department of Cultural Affairs
The Department of Cultural Affairs has curated a comprehensive list of links of websites that offer online programs for children, teens, and adults.

Los Angeles Public Library
Download digital e-books and stream educational and popular films all for free with your Los Angeles Public Library card.

California Science Center - Stuck at Home Science
When you're stuck at home, come here to continue your child's science learning with our easy to follow activities. This space is designed for families to explore, investigate and have fun learning together without leaving home. All activities use easy to find household supplies, and are appropriate for a variety of ages. 

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Connects
The Natural History Museum has introduced "NHMLA Connects". Think social distancing with dinosaurs and mammoths, and connecting with nature and community science right outside your own door. The museums want to know: What Blows Your Mind? Connect with inspiring educators, scientists and each other for virtual adventures. Access rich school curriculum and activities to do with your family at home. Participate in exciting crowd-sourced science and social media campaigns.

PBS At-Home Learning
As part of the public media mission is ensure all kids, regardless of their capabilities have access to continued free educational resources at home, PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California's state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.

Khan Academy Free Online Courses
A completely free resource of learning tools for every student, Khan Academy creates personalized recommendations according to the individual, tracks their progress and goals, and inspires them to specialize in the skills required to move on.

Netflix Educational Documentaries
Netflix is providing free educational documentaries on its YouTube channel. Each title has accompanying educational resources available, which can be used by both students and teachers.  

Shows for Children on Amazon
Amazon just announced it is making some of its kids’ programming available without a Prime membership.


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Virtual Tours and Live Cams

Although spaces like museums and zoos remain closed during this time, many of these same spaces have now provided online tours that you can enjoy for free

MUSEUMS

Hollyhock House Virtual Tour
Virtual tour of Department of Cultural Affairs' Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

LA County Museum of Art Introduces 'LACMA @ Home'
LACMA has provided many its experiences and exhibitions online such as short films, live recordings, lectures, and online tours.

Museum of Contemporary Arts Introduces 'Virtual MOCA'
With its temporary closure, MOCA has offered a virtual way to stay connected and build community. "Virtual MOCA!" is a daily series that hopes to to provide hours of meaningful, creative, and fun opportunities for all of us to connect during this moment of physical distance.

The Broad Museum from Home
Through new digital initiatives, the Broad will be offering ways to experience #TheBroadFromHome, to find inspiration through music, poetry, and conversations (from a distance!), and to stay connected to one another. 

The Getty Museum
Browse selected works of the Getty's collections of books, art, and videos for free online.

The Grammy Museum
Starting March 18, 2020, the GRAMMY Museum will make never-before-released content from the GRAMMY Museum archives available to the public. Each day will spotlight a different pillar of the museum's mission.

The Hammer Museum
The Hammer Museum has offered many of its programs and collections online.

The Hermitage Museum
Shot in one continuous take, experience a 5 hour, 19 minute cinematic journey through one of the world's biggest museums in St. Petersburg, Russia featuring works by masters such as Rembrandt, Raphael and Caravaggio and culminating with a 30-minute musical finale from Russian pianist and composer, Kirill Richter.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Digital ToursNEW
LA's El Pueblo Historical Monument is proud to begin offering free facilitated digital tours of the history of El Pueblo and the America Tropical Interpretive Center for the duration of the Mayor's Safer-At-Home Initiative.

Google Arts & Culture's Tours of 500 of the World’s Most Famous Museums
A collection of online virtaul tours of museums around the world.

ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS

The Los Angeles Zoo
During its closure, the LA Zoo will continue to share cool views of the Zoo, its animal residents, and its dedicated keepers to keep the public informed, engaged, and connected while social distancing.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams
LIve cams that follow many of the animals at the San Diego Zoo from tigers to butterflies as well as recorded highlights of their popular panda exhibits

The Aquarium of the Pacific 
Check in with the Aquarium of the Pacific's animals and marine life with live webcams placed inside some of the Aquarium’s exhibits.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

Explore.og Live Animal Cams
The world's largest live nature cam network provides a large array of live streams to choose from a penguin beach in California to an elephant park in South Africa and dozens more. 

Africam - Live Cams Across Africa
Watch wild animals in the beautiful African bush LIVE and unscripted. Elephants, Lions, Leopards and many more make appearances every day in the remotest of Africa’s locations.

FAMOUS LOCATIONS

Google Earth's Virtual Tours of 31 National Parks in the U.S.
Google Earth has created special virtual and guided tours of some of the most popular national parks in America.

Google Earth's Virtual Tours of World Heritage Sites
Google Earth offers virtual tours of 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal in India.


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Video and Audio Streams

A list of movies and concerts available for free online

The Los Angeles Public Library
The Los Angeles Public Library offers free streaming content, including documentary films and movies, through their partnerships with services like Kanopy and Hoopla. Those without a city library card can get an e-card via the LAPL website.

LA Phil at Home
Watch performances of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic practicing and creating music from their living rooms, dens and studios in a new series, available on the L.A. Phil's website. 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Home
LACO AT HOME allows people everywhere to engage and listen to spellbinding performances from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, “America’s finest chamber orchestra”.

The Broad Stage at Home
The Broad Stage presents a new series of livestreamed performances, interviews and archival footage, with new content introduced each week.

Netflix Documentaries for Free
Netflix is providing select documentaries from its library dealing with science, nature, politics, and design for free on its YouTube channel.

Family Shows Now Free on Amazon
Amazon just announced it is making some of its kids’ and family programming available for free without a Prime membership.