Take care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sacramento County, like so many others, has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During these times of uncertainty, many of us may experience increased levels of anxiety and worry, brought about by concerns of personal or family health, as well as job security, childcare, medicine access and social isolation.
If you believe someone you know is struggling, reach out and ask how they are feeling. Listen with compassion and remind them they are not alone and that you will be there to offer support. As a community, it is important that we lean on one another and share resources to support the health, safety and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones during this stressful time.
Below, check out our PSA and a compiled a list of resources, help lines, online communities and tips to help us get through this together. If you have a tip or resource that you’d like to be considered for this page, please email the project at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can all practice social distancing while staying connected. Here are some ways to do that:
- Everybody experiences high pressure situations differently, but it is important that we look out for one another and check in from time to time. Don’t hesitate to send a text, make that phone call or set up a video chat to start a conversation with loved ones sooner rather than later during this stressful time. Need some pointers? Check out the Seize the Awkward website for tips on how to start this important conversation.
Mental Health Phone Support:
- Sacramento County Peer Support Call Center: 1-855-502-3224
- NAMI Sacramento Friendship Line: 1-800-971-0016
- CalVoices Consumer Operated Warmline: 916-366-4668 M-F 9 am to 5 pm
- Teen Line: Text “TEEN” to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST for teen-to-teen education and support.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.
- The Peer-Run Warm Line (24/7): Call 1-855-845-7415 for peer-run non-emergency emotional support.
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741. Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. People from anywhere in the US can text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1 (800) 273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1 (800) 985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
COVID-19 Resources by Topic:
- Sacramento County Department of Health Services: Behavioral Health COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) General Resources
- Sacramento County Public Health: COVID-19 Resources
- Sacramento County Office of Education: Managing Anxiety and Emotional Wellbeing During COVID-19
- Sacramento County: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Sacramento County: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks—Taking Care of Children
- Sacramento County: COVID-19 Collab
- Sacramento County Office of Education: Taking Care of Children During COVID-19
- Sacramento County Office of Education: Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19
Statewide and National Information
- California Department of Public Health: Stay Informed: California COVID-19 Response
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NAMI HelpLine: Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide
- Mental Health America: Living With Mental Illness During COVID-19 Outbreak– Preparing For Your Wellness
- Mental Health America: Medication Access During COVID-19
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Mental Health & Coping During Covid-19
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Stigma and Resilience During Covid-19
- SAMHSA: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- SAMHSA: Taking care of your behavioral health: social distancing
- Each Mind Matters: Finding Support During Trying Times – Tips and Resources to Stay Connected
- Each Mind Matters: Tips for Social Distancing in a Multigenerational Home
- Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence: Managing Anxiety Around COVID-19
- Teaching Tolerance: Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus
- Facing History and Ourselves: Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Stand Against Racism
- National Domestic Abuse Hotline: Staying Safe During COVID-19
- Employment Development Department: Information for people who are laid off, sick or caring for family members
Families & Children
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events
- The New York Times: How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
*Compiled resources are courtesy of our partner agencies and organizations.