Mental Health Supports

We know a lot of people are experiencing more worry, nervousness and anxiety than usual because of the current circumstances around the world. We agree–this unprecedented time is scary, but there are people and resources that are out there that are specially trained to help us get through it. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. 

Here are some resources to receive expert mental health support.

SAMHSA

The U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration provides resources if you or a loved one needs mental health support.

NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness compiled resources especially for individuals whose mental health is struggling due to the current circumstances.

Coping with Grief

Many of us are coping with loss in some capacity. Below are resources to aid and support you if you are experiencing the grieving process.

Managing Anxiety

The pandemic has created a time of great uncertainty and high anxiety. Below is an online toolkit for ideas of how to manage anxiety related to COVID-19.    

SAMHSA

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is run by the

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Disaster Distress Helpline

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

What is the Disaster Distress Helpline? 

  • It is a 24-hour free crisis counseling for those affected by natural or man-made disasters, which includes infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19.

What services are offered?  

  • Counselors provide crisis counseling, tips for recognizing emotional distress in loved ones, tips for healthy coping, and referral to local crisis call centers.

  • You can text or call the number above. There are available options for English and Spanish-speakers and those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

 

Click here to visit the Disaster Distress Helpline page on SAMHSA's website.

 

National Helpline 

Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

What is the National Helpline? 

  • This is a 24-hour, free, confidential helpline for individuals looking for support. 

What services are offered? 

  • Counselors can provides referrals for callers to local treatment options, support groups, and other organizations that can provide direct support.

  • There are available options for English and Spanish-speakers. 

Click here to visit the National Helpline page on SAMHSA's website.

 
 

NAMI

COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide

The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) is an American, grass-roots organization aimed at improving the lives of individuals with mental illness through advocacy, education. 

How to cope with Anxiety:

  • Educate yourself on facts from reliable sources.

  • Stay connected with others.  

  • Keep a daily routine.

  • Do not hesitate to use a Mental Health Support Hotline to get professional support.

 

How to cope with Quarantine

  • If you are taking online classes or working from home, keep the same work or homework schedule as you typically would. 

  • Get dressed like you are leaving the house every day.

  • Try to incorporate video platforms to communicate with others as much as possible.

How to cope with Loss

  • Find a support group, or reach out to a professional to help process grief and loss.

Click here for more information about how COVID-19 may affect mental health, individuals experiencing mental illness, and other vulnerable populations.

Coping with Grief

The Dougy Center has created a guide to supporting children and teens coping with grief during the global health crisis. Some of their tips are:

  • Establish routines

  • Engage in family self-care

  • Make time for grief and remember people who have passed away

  • Embrace diversions

 

Click here for the full resource from the Dougy Center.

 

Kaiser Permanente also offers some tips for coping with grief, which include:

 

Click here to see the rest of the tips and other ways to cope from Kaiser Permanente.

 

Managing Anxiety

 

Shine has provided an online toolkit which includes: 

  • Regularly updated articles to support mental health

  • Questions answered by mental health experts

  • Internet distractions to give your brain a break

  • Tips for isolation, financial anxiety, and specifically for parents

Click here for Shine's full resource on managing anxiety.

The Conversation has also curated a list of seven science-based strategies to cope with anxiety related to COVID-19. Here are some of their tips:

  • Intentionally practice tolerating uncertainty

  • Accept your anxiety without judgment

  • Exercise regularly

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Seek professional health when necessary

 

Click here to see The Conversation's full list of strategies for coping with anxiety.

 

Do you have other ways you have been taking care of your mental health?

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The resources and information provided on this website do not take the place of seeking a healthcare professional's help, support, advice, or treatment. This website is a compilation of publicly available resources that may provide further education and exploration of a variety of wellness strategies. Please consult a healthcare professional before taking any action. 

 

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