Fears about the coronavirus pandemic and being socially isolated can significantly affect mental health. Whether you have a mental illness or are just feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed, it’s important to do what you can to support yourself and get professional help when you need it.
Here’s a list of resources for coping with the pandemic and getting assistance:
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, but taking care of yourself, your friends and your family can help you cope. Here are some general tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
- Be mindful of your news consumption. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. And limit your sources to one or two reliable sources, like the CDC.
- Take care of your body. Critical self-care activities are sleep, physical exercise and a healthy diet. Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Find things to do. Do activities that you enjoy or that are distracting. Music, movies, gardening, art, journaling and cleaning are all great outlets.
- Connect with or help others. Talk with people you trust about your well-being. You can chat via phone or video. Finding a way to help others might make you feel better.
Mental Health Phone Lines
National Disaster Distress Helpline (English and Spanish): 1-800-985-5990 (Toll Free)
- Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746; español: “Hablanos” al 66746
- TTY (for hard of hearing): 1-800-846-8517
Sonoma County 24-Hour Crisis Stabilization Unit: (707) 576-8181
North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline of Sonoma County: 1-855-587-6373
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- For mental health resources, NAMI Hotline: (800) 950-6264 (Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm EST)
- NAMI Sonoma County Warmline (emotional support number): (866) 960-6264 (Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm PST)
Mental Health Association of San Francisco: (855) 845-7415, (California peer-run warmline, 24/7)
For general information or questions about the Coronavirus, call 2-1-1 or text COVID19 to 211-211.
Wellbeing, Emotional Support Calls for Seniors
Catholic Charities: I’m Home Alone Program: (707) 528-8712
If you already see a therapist or counselor, many providers are maintaining their scheduled sessions via phone or virtually. If your therapist or counselor is not doing this yet, you can ask.
For families: Call the Child Parent Institute at (707) 284-1500 for intake.
For seniors: The Council on Aging is providing its mental health services remotely. Call (707) 525-0143.
Here are a few other resources from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mental Health America to help you find support:
Tools to Connect with Others
For Families and Children
For First Responders